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The Secrets of the Notebook: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Not everyone tracing family roots discovers a connection to one of the wealthiest and most powerful royal families in history. Haas was born in Breslau, Germany, in 1924. At age 10, she fled Berlin with her assimilated Jewish family to escape the Nazis, but her beloved fragile grandmother, Anna, would not leave, and she later perished in transport to the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt. But was Anna really Jewish? From London, Haas is obsessed with tracing her family’s history right back to the Napoleonic Wars, poring for years with her husband and sons through files, documents, letters, libraries, archives, and graveyards across Europe; she was sometimes in danger of being arrested as a spy during the Cold War. Descriptions of the slogging do get, well, boring at times, but readers exploring their ancestry will recognize the authenticity of the dense detail and many dead ends. The astonishing discoveries lead to more questions, and the climax makes you go back to the beginning. What else is missing from the history books? --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A deadly family secret is uncovered by one courageous woman in this true-life Cold War thriller. A compelling, inspiring read, beautifully and honestly written." John Rutter, CBE, internationally renowned composer and conductor
"Fascinating." BBC News Magazine
The astonishing discoveries lead to more questions; and the climax makes you go back to the beginning. What else is missing from the history books?” Booklist
Eve Haas put herself in great danger to unravel the mystery.” Sunday Express
An eye-opening, riveting tale full of suspense, drama, and anguish.” Family History Monthly
"The author's enthusiasm for probing the secrets of Augustus' notebook is evident throughout the narrative . . . The twists and turns Haas discovered in her family's past mirrored her actual journey. . . . and took her to places with often painful associations." Kirkus Reviews
"Eve Haas skillfully weaves several stories into this memoir. . . . [The Secrets of the Notebook] will have broad appeal, and moreover, make an important contribution to both the history of Europe since Napoleon and of World War II Germany and its citizens." Story Circle Book Review
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A quest to find the truth in a family legend that takes over forty years to solve for the author. And the ending is bittersweet, but powerful and touching. Especially personal to me, I've been in that cemetery and stood outside the synagogue in Prague!
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