The Book of Lost Names
by: Kristen Harmel
(Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII)
Eva Traube, a French-born Jew with Polish parents, doesn't believe the rumors that Germans are gathering up the Jewish people. But one night when she is babysitting her neighbor's kids, the Gestapo come & take her father away; Eva & her mother begin devising a plan to get her father back....but it's not so easy, especially after they transport him to Auschwitz. Eva finds a way to begin forging papers & identities for herself & Mamusia; & when her talents are discovered, she begins working with the Resistance under Pere Clement's (a Catholic priest's) direction. She also falls in love with Remy, who is a forger who then goes on to escort children safely across the border to Switzerland.
*Do you think Eva is betraying her religion by working with the resistance in a Catholic church?
*Who is more favorable for winning Eva's love-- Joseph or Remy?
*Did Eva give up looking for her father? Why?
"That's what books were for, after all. They were passageways to other worlds, other realities, other lives one could imagine living. But in times like these, was it dangerous to dream unrealistic dreams?"
"There was something to be said for finding people to trust in the dark."
"And you can always come to God, too. The path of life is darkest when we choose to walk it alone."
"Pain loses its power when we share it."