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The Broken Mirror Hardcover – September 1, 1997
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Grade 4-7. Historical facts are presented with a heavy hand throughout this story about Moishe and his family. The disparate reactions of Jews to what is happening in Germany in 1939 is clearly represented by the boy's mother's assurance that these "hooligans" (the Nazis) will soon go away, his father's caution in relocating the family to a farm, and their neighbors' exodus from the country. Characters are two-dimensional, except for Moishe, who is only slightly more fleshed out. His older sister is angelic even to the point of her understanding response to her family's betrayal by the German handyman who is responsible for their removal to a concentration camp. Moishe is the only family member to survive; he is rescued and winds up in a Catholic orphanage in the United States after denying that he is Jewish. Conveniently, the story ends with him finding his Jewish identity once again as he wanders into a synagogue and is miraculously taken in and ultimately adopted by the rabbi and his family. This book is far too contrived and peopled with representational characters to compete with the many fine Holocaust stories such as Ida Vos's Hide and Seek (1991), Anna Is Still Here (1993), and Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon (1995, all Houghton), and Renee Roth-Hano's autobiographical Touch Wood (Puffin, 1989).?Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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Growing up in Munich in the 1930's, young Moishe loves to hear his sister, Rachel, read him his favorite story: a fairy tale about an evil mirror broken and scattered by Satan. He wonders whether shards of that mirror, which have the power to turn people's hearts to ice, still exist. A few years later, when the Nazis imprison his family in a concentration camp, he knows that they do.
By the end of the war, Moishe is the only one of his family still alive, and he no longer wants to be Jewish. He tells the AMerican liberators he is a Gypsy named Danny and i sent to a Catholic orphanage. WHen his best friend at the orphanage is adopted, Moishe is unable to bear yet another loss in his short life. He runs away. Yet when all seems utterly hopeless, he learns that the light of Sabbath candles is warm enough to melt the ice that has formed in his own heart.
In this moving story of a young boy's flight from his past, legendary actor and acclaimed author Kirk Douglas reminds us that sometimes we must embrace our most painful memories to uncover a brighter future. He tells a timeless tale of loss of faith and its recovery.
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In the beginning of the book him and his family are force to move to his fathers farm where a man, who later becomes engaged to Rachel, named David showed up and told Moishe's family that Nazis were close and looking for Jews. David was a student of Moishe's father. The family would have gotten away and lived happily if the well-paid help around the farm hadn't told the Nazis about them. So the family and David were shipped to a concentration camp where all were killed but Moishe. He is rescued by a kind African American. Moishe tells the man his name is David, and a German.
"David" is then sent to an orphanage where he befriends a boy named Roy. Roy gets adopted. David is crushed. He can't even tell anyone he's Jewish because he decided he didn't want to be a Jew. So he runs away. He runs until he can't run anymore. He goes into a Church where he breaks down and tells a Rabbi his horrid story. Then he is adopted by this man and he lives happily.
Danny is only 7 when the war starts, and by the time it ends, he has lost his father, his mother, his sister. He decides that his survival chances are better without the burden of being a Jew. After liberation, he passes himself off as a Gypsy and is taken to a Catholic school for orphans. Danny runs away and, hungry, dirty and exhausted, stumbles into a synagogue during Friday-evening services. The memories of his once-happy childhood come flooding back, and he is warmly embraced by a rabbi, his wife and their seven daughters.
The very simplicity and artlessness of style that mark all of Douglas's writing work effectively in this slender volum
The young child and innocence is awe inspiring. Moishe, a young Jewish boy is ashamed of his roots when America nazis invade the farm he is living in. His pity on himself is unfortunate because no one should be ashamed of themselves.
Learning more about Moishe and his inner thoughts would have been nice rather than about the layout of the farm or other family members.
It is ironic that the hate he had for himself and culture was quickly changed when he realzied, after being adopted by a Catholic family was where he fit in. This is a quick, good read better suited to the younger generation.