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The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice by [Deborah Vadas Levison]
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"Terror has no boundaries, not of time nor place. Deborah Levison provesthat in her marvelous true crime debut, THE CRATE. Her parents survived theHolocaust, only to find their cottage sanctuary held a dark secret nailed up ina hidden crate. What flows from that discovery is the tale of their survival,the rippling effects of violence, and the devastation wrought by a modern-daymurder. THE CRATE is equal parts detective story, history lesson, and familymemoir, each searing in it's own telling. A unique and important book."
-         James R. Benn, author of the Billy Boyle WWII mystery series
"5 Stars: THE CRATE by Deborah Levison is a true crime story that started with the discovery of a crate under the crawl spaces of a cottage owned by the family. THE CRATE - albeit combined with fond and poignant memories of the Vadas family - is a true crime story with disturbing details. It's a tough topic to contemplate and a grim reminder of the worst of humanity."   
-         READERS' FAVORITE, 5 Stars
  "Reading Debbie's incredible story and knowing it is her own personal family history, made me feel a few extra goosebumps. She writes with such passion and spirit that as I read her detailed descriptions of her family's past, I felt tears trickle down my cheeks. We've read so many books about this time period but there's a difference between writers who have researched this time period to write about and those who have lived through it first hand. We highly recommend this story to anyone who loves true crime & stories about the Holocaust time period."

"THE CRATE, by debut author Deborah Levison, tells the true story of her family's discovery of a wooden crate, nailed shut and hidden beneath their cottage.Inside: the butchered remains of a murder victim. ... Drawing a connection between the recent crime and her family's experiences in the Holocaust, THE CRATE is a sensitive portrayal of the effects of violence, emphasizing the importance of remembrance."
-         Vanessa Westermann, VANESSA'S PICKS

 "Escaping the horrors of the Holocaust, Levison's parents nestle into a quiet cottage in Muskoka.  But trauma ripples into their new life when they discover a crate hidden beneath their sanctuary. Seamless prose, profound emotional texture, and a very human voice help chronicle this unforgettable story. THE CRATE is true crime at its best."
-         K.J. Howe, bestselling author of THE FREEDOM BROKER and SKYJACK, and Executive Director of ThrillerFest

"Levison opens wide the door to her world full of memories. That is where we read of Hungarian survivors of the Shoah, of escape from oppressive regimes, of brutality and murder, but also of bravery, love and beauty. Two main true stories, with a time gap of some fifty years in between, converge as they happen to the same family. With the writing shifting between documentary and memoir, it becomes hard for the reader to put down this book. THE CRATE has one problem: sadly, it has to finish. But you can always go back and start rereading it."
-        Immanuel Mifsud, Ph.D., recipient of the European Union Prize for Literature, poet, and author of IN THE DARK NIGHT WE LOOKED

 "THE CRATE combines the horror of one murder with the terror of historical mass murder. A family retreat in the dark woods north of Toronto, once a haven for a young girl, is soiled by a heinous act of violence. Behind the scenes, survivors of the Holocaust, who outlasted the Nazis, the Russian communists, and even their own neighbors, try to raise the next generation free from the atrocities they witnessed. THE CRATE is a vital and necessary book that should be read as much for its historical content as for its entertainment value. Once you begin reading, this book is hard to put down. Once you are finished, it is impossible to forget."
-          Ron Winter, Pulitzer-nominated author of MASTERS OF THE ART, GRANNY SNATCHING, and THE HYPOCRITE

"In THE CRATE, Debbie Levison takes us layer by layer, into the core mystery of her story.  From the creation and history of her family's deep-woods cottage where the box was found, to the lives of people who built and seasonally inhabited the place, to the tragic history of the person whose corpse was found inside the crate, she carefully knits the interrelationships of all of these elements. Each time she looks backward, into what in the hands of a lesser writer might devolve into the mundane, she instead draws us further into the story. Then she looks even further back in her family history to connect the unsettling impact of the modern-day murder to the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust that her parents just barely survived and most of her ancestors did not. Her description of the Nazi atrocities is uncomfortable and often painful to read. As the story progresses, Levison digs deeper into her own emotions as well and brings them raw to the surface to share with us. In the end, THE CRATE is as informative as an investigative news report yet as intimate as a personal diary. Compelling ...first-rate ... the kind of book that makes us want to read."
-        Chuck Miceli, poet, playwright, and author of AMANDA'S ROOM

 "Levison captured the accuracy of this real life horror. She and her family were thrust into a police investigation by the very person they trusted. The angle of this story is one not often told. THE CRATE hands us bone-chilling facts weaved through a story of survival."
-       Detective Dave Allen, Lead Investigator(Retired)
"Author Deborah Levison has played a critical role in touching our hearts and minds through retelling the Holocaust stories of her family. She is a truly gifted author with a very important message to communicate through her writings. And she is an equally gifted speaker, leaving her audience members spellbound,deeply moved, and riveted to their seats. At a time when the last survivors of the Holocaust are passing away, Levison has preserved through THE CRATE important stories for future generations to read."
-       Al  Treidel, Educator
--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Actress and director Cassandra Campbell has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has received multiple Audie Awards and more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • File size : 1259 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 334 pages
  • Publication date : June 19, 2018
  • Publisher : WildBlue Press (June 19, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B08B85HJ9T
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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