The story of the Nazi looting of art from Jewish families has been well documented by historians. The Keeper of Secrets personalizes this tragedy in a fast-paced story of one young boy and one very valuable violin. The precious violin owned by one family for centuries is lost during the unraveling of Nazi Germany after World War II and is the main character of this novel. Readers learn how different violins have different sounds, and it is the sound of this particular violin that will reveal its history and rightful owners. The technical aspects of violin making are quite interesting and will be entertaining to all music lovers.
Young Daniel Horowitz, like his father and grandfather, plays the violin. He possesses an extraordinary talent that could propel him to be a solo violinist of great renown. But he is also a typical young boy, and may not want to follow his family’s musical legacy. Daniel resists his family’s attempt to force him to continue his studies. By chance, his path crosses with that of the long-lost family violin and brings reconciliation and healing to his family. It is more than the power of music at stake; it is the reclamation of a family history.
The story moves from the present-day concert stage, to Berlin of the 1930s, to post-war, Soviet-occupied Germany. There are many human characters whose lives intertwine over the decades of this story, but it is the violin that unites their stories.
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