Monday, August 17, 2009

Book Review - Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in cuba by Margarita Engle

" My parents are musicians-
poor people, not rich.

They had only enough money
for on ticket to flee Germany,....

My parents chose to save me
instead of saving themselves,.....

Thousands of other Jewish refugees
stand all around me
on the deck of this ship
waiting for refuge."

Daniel's parents have made the ultimate sacrifice, they send him on a boat hoping that it will reach the United States. Instead the boat is sent to Cuba where Daniel is one of many Jewish refugees. He befriends a local girls that has as many painful secrets as he does. Daniel does not know what will happen next, and fears that he will never see his parents again and will be sent back to Nazi Germany.

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