Title: The Point of Light
Author: Jon Ellsworth
Summary: This World War II story was heart wrenching.....it was pretty hard to read at some points, especially once I suspected what would happen to Esmee (Claire's sister) after being captured by Nazis at the beginning of the book. I really loved Claire Vallant & what she stood for as a photojournalist who had joined the French Resistance & was searching for war crimes evidence in WWII.
In the Afterword, I learned that Claire's testimony at the Nuremberg Trials is actually based on a real French, Auschwitz survivor named Marie Claude Vaillant-Couturier. Her story & the story of many people who fought against Nazi Germany & tried to protect or save Jewish people from genocide, is horrifying but also incredible. Even at great personal loss to herself, Claire consistently sticks to what she believes & makes every effort in that regard.
Her love & concern for her family are what kept her going during those 4 war-torn years.
Favorite quote: "Human affairs require more than a story, more than a telling. Human affairs require a conclusion. And where there has been strife, human affairs require resolution in the form of justice. There is a part of us that demands that evil be punished and good be rewarded."