Cilla Bierman , an Orthodox Jewish woman, comes from Czechoslovakia to religiously tolerant Amsterdam to embark on a new life with her husband Edmund. The Nazis invade Amsterdam and life for the Jewish family becomes intolerable. Cilla and Edmund send their daughter and son into separate hiding places before they go into hiding themselves. After the war the family is one of the rare lucky few to be reunited. Cilla finds her daughter Renata has been raised by a loving, childless Christian couple who initially do not want to give her back. Eventually Renata returns to her birth parents but comes home reciting Christian prayers. Her mother has the impossible challenge of teaching her daughter to be Jewish again. Can Cilla succeed with her daughter, given all the trauma they have both been through during the war? Moreover, is Renata prepared to be re – integrated into this Jewish home? Based on a true family story.
Two Prayers Before Bedtime: Love and Loss in Wartorn Amsterdam
- From the Publisher
May 18, 2015
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