Cathy Gohlke – The Medallion

For fans of best-selling World War II fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.

Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen – Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.

Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war – if any of them survive – is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

Author: Cathy Gohlke
Narrator: Stina Nielsen
Duration: 14 hours 47 minutes
Released: 19 Apr 2006
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I love stories woven around historys truths . This nightmarish erra has given birth to an awareness , written around peoples lives and struggles in the real world . What we will do for our neighbors out of love to help each other thrive , not just survive in the face of evil gives me renewed faith in the peoples who inhabit our world . The research Caty did for this book gave credence to this story and Stina Nielson as usual brought the characters to life in a way only she can !