The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir – Florence Grende

(Reviewed by Judy Deutsch )

The Butcher’s Daughter is a personal story of a young girl in Poland during The Holocaust and how she and her family survived. The book reads like a diary and is filled with descriptions during the Nazi era and how her life changed when she got to America.

As I started to read the memoir I found myself transpired and felt as if I was right next to the author and her family. I could picture many of the things she described. An example was how her family had to hide in the forest. I have been on a train to Antwerp and as we rode through the forest, I felt the presence of those people who had been there hiding. I particularly liked how she incorporated the Yiddish words to express herself, followed by the definition.

Naturally there was sadness of death and unknown days of existence. I think I may be around her age and I kept thinking how lucky I am to have lived in America during that time and did not to endure the difficult situations her family did. What a difference our lives did take!

Her and her family’s adjustments to a new life in America were also particularly interesting.

I could not only feel empowered by the story but felt as if I was actually with her. I found the book to be very enthralling, as well as well written.

The Butcher’s Daughter is a “must read now” for anyone who is captivated by learning about extreme challenges to the human spirit.

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