Review published on September 17, 2017.
The Tin Ring was a very important item that kept the author sane throughout her harrowing experiences at the hands of the German occupiers of her former homeland, The Sudetenland. This particular book is very well written about the young girl’s life during the Nazi occupation. How she was shipped around with other Jewish people, to various camps, sometimes miles away from her roots. A deeply engrossing book that begins with her returning to her home, some fifty years after the events described.
There are many books on the survival and misery of these unfortunates, most are harrowing in the extreme, and many of these books are almost unbelievable in their telling, but sadly, they are true. This one is no different. However, the innocent Zdenka Fantlova, the author, reveals throughout her trials, her losses, and her life, that belief and strength can help win in the end.
This is a book I could not put down until read, I had to of course, but it was really that engaging. She has had a good life after her recuperation under the Red Cross – she became a respected, well-known actress in Australia and now resides in London.
I cannot praise this book enough. I thoroughly enjoyed it, if one can say that about such a tragic period of history. Well written, thought-provoking and resolves superbly, despite all the traumatic details. Seek it out, and read a story of survival, and man’s inhumanity that still resounds around the world even today.
Reg Seward 5/3
The Tin Ring by Zdenka Fantlova
McNidder & Grace 9780857160447 pbk Sep 2012
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