Names in a Jar

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Pub Date 14 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 10 Sep 2021

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Twelve-year-old Anna Krawitz is imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto with her older sister, Lina, and their father. Happy days spent reading about anatomy and science in Papa’s bookshop are long gone, and the knowledge they have is used to help their neighbors through the illnesses caused by starvation and war.

With no hope in sight and supplies dwindling, Anna finds herself taking care of an orphaned baby. With a courage she didn’t know she had, Anna and the baby leave behind all they know and go into hiding with a Catholic family, changing their names to hide their identity, but Lina is not so lucky and winds up in the infamous Treblinka Camp. Can Lina survive and find her way back to Anna? Will the two sisters even recognize each other after such a long time?

A story filled with hope, courage and reconciliation.

Content Advisory: rape, sexual assault

Twelve-year-old Anna Krawitz is imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto with her older sister, Lina, and their father. Happy days spent reading about anatomy and science in Papa’s bookshop are long gone, and...

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A wonderful teen-(older) young reader book set in WWII in a Warsaw ghetto, this book does an excellent job at portraying the harsh conditions experienced by the people who were forced to live there by the Nazis. The characters were believable and enjoyable, and I liked the medical part of it as well. Overall, I really recommend this book and am glad I got to read it!

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Names in a Jar by Jennifer Gold tells the heart breaking story of two sisters Anna and Lina during Germany occupied Poland. Full of truths, sorrows and oppression rises the story of sisterly love and what kind of strength it is made out of. Jennifer Gold made me cry with her portrayal of what Jewish children faced in the ghetto and how life was forever changed.

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Wow! Amazing!!! I loved this book! I read it in 24 hrs. It was so good. I didn't want to stop reading. I loved the characters and really enjoyed the sisters point of views. I cried in the middle and I cried at the end. But most importantly, I learned something. Something about the past, something about myself, and the importance of the future. I will never look at a Jar the same way again.
Thank you to Second Story Press and Netgalley.

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This was a very good book. Jennifer Gold does an excellent job of painting a picture of what life was like in World War Two. Especially for Jewish people and the very real struggle they went through. This book can be uncomfortable at times, but I also believe that it is impossible to read a story about the Holocaust and not be disturbed. Jennifer Gold also seamlessly goes back and forth between the two sisters and tells their story. My one criticism is that several chapters seemed to end with “I didn’t know that would be the last time I saw...” I appreciate that there is a lot of death in this novel ( its the holocaust) but perhaps rephrasing that sentence every once in a while so it didn’t feel overly redundant.
Overall, excellent book with beautiful writing. Would recommend to a friend.

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