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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Remembrance: A Time for War by A.K. Stauber is a compelling story of the life and survival of Anna Krasynyk, a young Polish girl caught up in the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi extermination methods used against Jews. None of us know how we would react under horrific situations, and Anna is haunted by the fact that she had not managed to protect and save her five-year-old brother when the German SS arrived in their little community of Ludzow, Poland. She felt responsible for the outcome, which resulted in the brutal murder of all those she held dear. To me, she is nothing short of a heroine. Despite the appalling family losses which took her parents and siblings, she manages to dodge the German SS, as well as the traitors that some of her countrymen became.
The story will capture your attention and you might even find it impossible to put the book aside. I could not. Her pain is described with such skill that you will feel involved in her immense struggle. Her lucky escape will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her fight to survive takes her from orphan, to adult, to love. She is the reason two men compete for her love, despite the acutely dangerous and uncertain times in which they live. Which one she chooses, if any, is a part of the story that will remain undisclosed by me. Suffice to say she reaches adulthood with a clearer vision of what she needs to do for her future.
A.K. Stauber’s writing is beautiful. The story draws you in immediately and refuses to let you go. By the end of the book I felt I had been running alongside Anna. Wonderfully told and obviously well researched, it is a story of unforgettable bravery. I absolutely loved this book, despite its sad content.