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A young Jewish girl recounts her experiences during a horrifying time in recent history.

As Rose begins her diary, she is in her third home since coming to Winnipeg. Traumatized by her experiences in the Holocaust, she struggles to connect with others, and above all, to trust again.

When her new guardian, Saul, tries to get Rose to deal with what happened to her during the war, she begins writing in her diary about how she survived the murder of the Jews in Poland by going into hiding.

Memories of herself and her mother being taken in by those willing to risk sheltering Jews, moving from place to place, being constantly on the run to escape capture, begin to flood her diary pages. Recalling those harrowing days, including when they stumbled on a resistance cell deep in the forest and lived underground in filthy conditions, begins to take its toll on Rose.

As she delves deeper into her past, she is haunted by the most terrifying memory of all. Will she find the courage to bear witness to her mother's ultimate sacrifice?

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Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past
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Pieces of the Past
May 29th, 2015
I read this book over 4 times. May I just say that every single time I read it, I was in love! This book has romance, family issues, and the thing that flabbergasts us all... The Holocaust.
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Insightful
June 5th, 2013
I found the book to be both interesting and insightful. The author portrayed Jews in the Holocaust very well. I never thought about war orphans like that, how their experiences had shaped how they viewed the world and their place in it.
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