Atlit is a holding camp for "illegal" immigrants in Israel in 1945.
There, about 270 men and women await their future and try to recover from their past.
Diamant, with infinite compassion and understanding, tells the stories of the women gathered in this place.
Shayndel is a Polish Zionist who fought the Germans with a band of partisans.
Leonie is a Parisian beauty. Tedi is Dutch, a strapping blond who wants only to forget.
Zorah survived Auschwitz. Haunted by unspeakable memories and too many losses to bear, these young women, along with a stunning cast of supporting characters who work in or pass through Atlit, begin to find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience, as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves and discovering a way to live again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/05/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847398611
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Review by PolymathicMonkey
This was, as expected, a very moving book. It follows four main girls, along with another one that joins later, and a member of the Palmach working in the camp, where you learn about what they went through and how they ended up there, leading up to the true story of the rescue of over 200 immigrants forced to stay in Atlit. The girls all came from different backgrounds, different families, had different experiences during the war, and different reactions to & handling of all they'd been through; so you are able to get a glimpse of all these different stories, which are, of course, based on just some of the many experiences that were had by millions during the war. A wonderful story, recommended to everyone!