Book Review | Restitution

Title: Restitution: A Family’s Fight for Their Heritage Lost in the Holocaust

Author: Kathy Kacer

My Review:

This true story is told over a span of 50 years and takes place very close to WWII. A Jewish family is sensing that things are not going to go very well for them they make an escape from Czechoslovakia into Canada to start over and best of all to be safe. Obviously a great move on their part.

Marie {the mother of the family} is the leader of this adventure and she is also the one who comes to long for things that got left behind… precious family heirlooms and memorabilia, but in particular four valuable and meaningful paintings. Marie and her son Karl came upon so many obstacles in search of these treasures, but along the way met up with two people in particular who would help fight for their return. One person was a Canadian diplomat and the other what they termed and “honest smuggler.”

It’s not the same thing, but all I could think about when I was reading this book is how when someone loses everything in a fire they are so grateful that everyone is ok, but they are haunted by the personal items they lost, such as pictures and the like. When I saw the pictures in the book of the paintings themselves it brought me to tears to think how tragic the holocaust was and how much people lost. I know paintings were the least of the problem, but it’s just so pure evil to think that the Nazi’s thought they could treat a whole entire race of people with such disdain and for no reason. It blows me away.

Great book. I don’t know what else to say. Nothing good came out of the holocaust or out of war, but it’s nice to know in the end some things are worth the effort of fighting for. Family. Heritage. Heirlooms. All vital to a happy society.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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