“The Butterfly and the Violin” by Kristy Cambron, book review
Adele is a gifted violinist who lives in Austria during WWII. Her well to do family shelters her from the war and its affects. But as she grows up, she sees how her Jewish friends are treated and begins to understand the problems of Hitler and his plan for the world. She decides to help one Jewish family escape, but is turned in by her doctor’s wife. She is tried and found guilty of helping Jews and is sent to Auschwitz. Miraculously, she is selected to be in the prison orchestra, and this saves her life.
Sera owns an art gallery and as a child saw a painting of a lovely lady with a violin, that has haunted her ever sense. In her quest to locate the painting, she is contacted by William who also needs to find the painting, but for a different reason. His grandfather has died, and the conditions of the will require him to find the painting. Together, they work to locate the beautiful girl and learn her story.
Just after I finished this book we vacationed in Miami, FL, and while there, visited the Holocaust museum. The pictures and stories told at the museum held a different meaning after reading about Adele and her struggle to survive. There was a picture of the men’s orchestra playing as men went out to work. On the monument there was an inscription that was very moving:
The world saw.
The world felt.
The world did nothing.
Adele did something, in her own way to help save one family, and to save other women in the camp. I hope to also impact the world, in my small way.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.