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Subject: Holocaust
Date Posted: 12/26/2009 11:35 PM ET
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Anyone know of any romance novels centered around the Holocaust?

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 12:50 AM ET
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Interesting topic - what put it in your head?

One of my favorite books, Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman, is about the adopted daughter of two concentration camp survivers. It's not really about her parents, but I remember the description of their wedding, with everyone else being very solemn and them just being two people getting married and being romantic. Anyway, not what you're looking for but it's a great story and has a very sweet romance in it.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Actually Willa, a fiction book with a sweet romance in it is what I thought I'd probably find.  It came into my head because I just watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  My daughters made me watch it.  They both had the same teacher when they were each in the 8th grade who left such a mark on them when they covered the holocaust in class.  Anyway while I was watching the movie I thought of a few story lines that could have been great romance novels though not your typical HEA, during this horrific time.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 12:13 PM ET
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Leon Uris has two books that have as part of the central theme grand, passionate love stories:   Exodus and Mila 18.   I read them as a teenager (Oh, My!  that is a long time ago), but in spite of thousands of books since then, I still remember these books and the love stories.  Mila 18 is heartbreaking.  Exodus makes you want to go live on a Kibbutz and be a Sabra.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 12:21 PM ET
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I'd like to second the nod for Mila 18 - I think of the book often and would love to reread it again. It's an incredibly wonderful book. Exodus was wonderful, too, but there was just something powerful about Mila 18 that has stuck with me for over 40 years.

Omigod, I wanted to live on a kibbutz, too, and be a Sabra - but the book that inspired me was Michener's The Source, another book I'd love to reread but I don't know if I could read such big books these days. But those were the days of big, magnificent books.

Gail

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 1:33 PM ET
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I meant, not what you're looking for because they're only minor characters in the book. In fact, I think they're actually dead by the time of the events of the book.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 7:07 PM ET
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A number of the Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooter Series books have secondary stories that take place during World War II. Over the Edge in particular (if I remember correctly) has a secondary love story remembered by a Holocaust survivor from Denmark. It is probably my favorite of the series of the ones I have read. I highly recommend it. Also, Out of Control has a secondary romance that takes place, in part, in Nazi Germany.