Michel Michel Author:Robert Lewis This huge, profoundly conceived and richly executed novel is about the battle for a child. The child is Michel Benedek whose Jewish parents have died in France at the hands of the Nazis, and who has been saved by a Frenchwoman, a Catholic, lovingly raished by her and, against the regulations of canon law, baptized. When at the war's end he is ... more »claimed by his aunt in Israel, his foster mother "Maman Rose" refuses to give him up - and the battle is joined. What begins as a personal quarrel in a small provincial town slowly and inexorably grows into a cause celebre-as the hierarchy of the Church and the leaders of French Jewry become involved, as the boy is hidden, passed from one secret refuge to another by Maman Rose and by the preiests...« less
A bestseller for quite some time in the late 60's, early 70's, still meaningful and timely. Very engrossing, combining religious, family, cultural issues with an exciting story. One of my all time favorites!