Kino and Kinder: A family’s journey in the shadow of the Holocaust by Vivien Sieber is a family memoir. The story of Paula Ticho and her family focuses on life around WWI until Paula's death decades after WWII.
Paula, a co-owner with her sister of a theater in Vienna, enjoyed great success until the Nazi takeover. We see her get her son to safety and beg her family to leave, before eventually fleeing to England.
Penniless, Paula works as a matron to a hostel for Jewish girls who have fled the Nazis. What was supposed to be a temporary shelter for girls, turned into an orphanage spanning several years.
Sieber uses letters from these girls, extensive research, and her grandmother's memories to create a story that helps others understand the atrocities of the Holocaust - and how this period of time negatively impacted Jewish people even if they were fortunate enough to escape a work or death camp.
This family memoir is a must-read.
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