The Way Of Fate: A True Story From The Kindertransport by George Shefi – Book Review

The Way of Fate: A True Story from the Kindertransport



George Shefi’s entire world falls apart when he is only seven years old!

This book opens with the happy childhood of the author in Germany, where he was raised by a loving single mother, grandfather, and aunt. The Nazis came to power when he was two. After the horrors of Kristallnacht, six years later, his mother managed to send him to England with the Kindertransport, to save his life. He did not realize that waving goodbye would be the last time he would see his mother; she was murdered in Auschwitz.

Join him on his journey as a homeless child refugee via England, Canada, and America finally to his homeland

Shefi tells this amazing story with humor: his wanderings in England and journey to an uncle in America during World War II and his immigration to Israel in 1949. There he finally found his home, served in the navy, and established a loving family.

Be there when he discovers his own long lost father completely by chance!

The book describes his remarkable life and his family, especially the unbelievable sequence of events that led to his discovery of his father in Australia, whom he met for the first time at age 35, when Shefi was already a father of three daughters.

Book Review:

The blurb of the book is so touching and powerful that one instantly falls for the book. I love books historic fiction and books with the description of the past but this one is very different from the ones that I had read before. The way of fate: A True Story from the Kindertransport sketches a vivid picture of the scenario after World War II. Kindertransport, an organized rescue effort relocated numerous children to United Kingdom who were kept in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Though they survived the war and were spared life but the struggle didn’t end there. The book is the first hand account of this struggle and hardship that these children faced due to the war.

This is an extremely captivating book that touches the readers’ chord. The description is beautiful and succeeds in holding the interest of the readers.

The author, George Shefi, has told the story from his perspective and the book though highly emotional is also full of optimism. The language is simple and beautiful.

The title of the book is apt and the cover is extremely attractive.

Overall I enjoyed reading the book very much and recommend it to everyone. A must read for all.

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