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Blending folklore and fact, Helen Maryles Shankman shows us the people of Wlodawa, a remote Polish town. We meet a coldblooded SS officer dedicated to rescuing the Jewish creator of his son's favorite picture book; a Messiah who appears in a little boy's bedroom to announce that he is quitting; and a young Jewish girl who is hidden by the town's most outspoken anti-Semite - and his talking dog. And walking among these tales are two unforgettable figures: the enigmatic and silver-tongued Willy Reinhart, commandant of the forced labor camp who has grand schemes to protect "his" Jews; and Soroka, the Jewish saddlemaker, and his family, who are struggling to survive.
Channeling the mythic magic of classic storytellers and the psychological acuity of modern-day masters, In the Land of Armadillos is a testament to the persistence of humanity in the most inhuman conditions.
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By Terry on 10-01-16
The stories are each self-contained, but are all related (in the manner of the stories in Olive Kitterech). The book can be enjoyed as a novel or as a series of short stories. Either way it is rewarding.
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