The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

By Louise Murphy
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Penguin (Non-Classics), (7/29/2003)
Language:English



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In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.

Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, this haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children, and tells a resonant, riveting story.
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sheenashyla's thoughts on "The True Story of Hansel and Gretel"
updated on:4/21/2012

An interesting take on the old fairy tale! Jeweish kids taking on german names to survive, they find an old woman in the woods who hides them in a stove from the soldiers. Sometimes the things that happened to people are hard to read about but we all know from history these things happened during that awful war.

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Rosalie's thoughts on "The True Story of Hansel and Gretel"
updated on:5/17/2009

This is the story of two Jewish children running from the Russians and the Nazis during WW II. It follows somewhat the theme from the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. I highly recommend this book

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"The True Story of Hansel and Gretel"
By Louise Murphy

Average Rating:
Very Unleashable
4.50 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)


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