Many of us are too young to remember the horrors of World War II. Kristi Cambron, in her book The Butterfly and the Violin, paints an amazing portrait of life in Auschwitz. Whether real or imagined, it gives the reader cause to contemplate what happened to the Jews as well as the life we have now because of those who gave their lives to fight for our freedoms and the freedoms of others. Cambron weaves two stories together as her main character, Sera James, searches for a painting.
“Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the alter two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl–a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes….
…the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron. A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.
As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places; the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.”
This book and the sequel, A Sparrow in Terezin, are both 5 armchair books and well worth the read. They are gripping and touch the heart.