The Nightingale

Emotionally Moving & Riveting

While I believe our history should not be forgotten there are certain times in which history has been forgotten and other times in which such atrocious things have happened you wish to forget but, it would be wrong to.  I also believe that our pasts define us and help make who we are.

Besides reading actual historical documents I also enjoy reading historical fiction and I was honored to have been able to read The Nightingale, a novel by author Kristin Hannah, for free from SheSpeaks.  Kristin is a former lawyer turned New York Times bestselling author and has written twenty-two novels.

The Nightingale is set in France during World War II and follows the lives of two sisters through the occupation of the German military in France.  Will they rise to the occasion?  Will they become heroes?  Will they betray those who love them?  The two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, are both well-drawn and written characters as they face moral questions and life-or-death choices.

The book held me throughout and the historical side was informative through the steps the German military took to invade France to the slew of underground heroes who hid and saved their, the French, allies (the English, Americans, etc.) .  Just like all wars there were heart wrenching moments, clarity, anger, sadness and, above all, hope.  This book truly captured every moment; well written novel.

The only bit of negative I have is throughout the novel, the build-up of each character is wonderfully written and drawn only to have everything feel a bit rushed to me the last several pages.  The end-all for a few moments brought tears to my eyes but, I felt them dashed aside at how quickly things were written off as finished.  Flip-side is that, yes, all questions were answered but, just felt like a yarn had been strung then quickly cut with a pair of scissors; best analogy I have folks!

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I would like to take a moment to continue the historical side of WWII to show how much of an impact the Holocaust had on the world.

United Nations
27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day
It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session

Israel (and many Jewish communities in other countries) 27 Nisan (April/May) Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day), or Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laGvura (the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day) Both an Israeli day of remembrance and a day of remembrance observed by many Jewish communities in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
The date relates both to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which began 13 days earlier, and to the Israeli Independence Day which is eight days later.

European Union
27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Since 1950

May 5 “Gedenktag gegen Gewalt und Rassismus im Gedenken an die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus” (Memorial Day against Violence and Racism in Memory on the Victims of National Socialism) The day that the concentration camp Mauthausen was liberated in 1945. German: Gedenktag gegen Gewalt und Rassismus im Gedenken an die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus

March 10 Holocaust Remembrance Day and the “Day of the Salvation of the Bulgarian Jews and of the Victims of the Holocaust and of the Crimes against Humanity” The day of the revocation of the plan to expel the country’s Jewish population, officially designated in 2003.

Czech Republic
27 January Memorial Day for the Victims of the Holocaust and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity Czech: Den památky obětí holocaustu a předcházení zločinu proti lidskosti

16 July Anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup
French: Anniversaire de la rafle du Vélodrome d’hiver. Remembrance marking the mass arrest of 13,152 Jews in Paris on this date in 1942 and their extermination at Auschwitz.

27 January Memorial Day for the Victims of National Socialism
German: Tag des Gedenkens an die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus

27 January National Holocaust Memorial Day Greek: Εθνική Ημέρα Μνήμης Ολοκαυτώματος (Ethniki Imera Mnimis Olokaftomatos), since 2004.

27 January Memorial Day Italian: Giorno della Memoria

4 May Dodenherdenking (Remembrance of the Dead)
There is a separate Auschwitzherdenking (liberation of Auschwitz memorial) every last Sunday of January

19 April Holocaust Remembrance Day Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

9 October National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust Romanian: Ziua Naţională de Comemorare a Holocaustului

22 April Dan sećanja na žrtve holokausta (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

27 January ‘Förintelsens minnesdag’ (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Has been commemorated as a national remembrance day every year since 1999.

United Kingdom
27 January Holocaust Memorial Day

United States
8-day period, from the Sunday before Yom Hashoah to the Sunday after Yom Hashoah Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH)
Established by Congress as the period for remembrance programs and ceremonies.

Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, Canada
27 Nisan (April/May) The Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia enacted legislation to recognize Holocaust Memorial Day in 2000.
Note. Other provinces of Canada have made the same enactment so the Canadian entry needs a full updating[citation needed]

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