Friday, August 20, 2004

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

While on vacation with the kids in Toronto and Montreal, I read The True Story of Hansel and Gretel. This novel was recommended to me by my cousin's wife, who is Jewish. She read it this summer and thought it should be taught in schools. It is the story of two Polish children who escape the Nazis by hiding in the woods with a wild woman who is believed to be a witch by the people of her village. It is obviously a parable, based on the Hansel and Gretel Fairy Tale. I had a hard time getting through this whole novel because it is so disturbing. It opened my eyes to a lot of practices that took place during this horrid time in history.

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