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The Collaborator Is He A Hero Or A Traitor Based On Astonishing True Events Set In The Darkest Days Of World War II In Budapest, This Is An Enthralling Story Of Heroism, Vengeance, Passion, And Betrayal It Is Also The Story Of Three Women Linked By A Secret That Threatens To Destroy Their Lives For Readers Of The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, All That I Am And Schindler S Ark List An Act Of Heroism, The Taint Of Collaboration, A Doomed Love Affair, And An Australian Woman Who Travels Across The World To Discover The TruthIt Is In Budapest And The Germans Have Invaded Jewish Journalist Miklos Nagy Risks His Life And Confronts The Dreaded Adolf Eichmann In An Attempt Save Thousands Of Hungarian Jews From The Death Camps But No One Could Have Foreseen The ConsequencesIt Is In Sydney, And Annika Barnett Sets Out On A Journey That Takes Her To Budapest And Tel Aviv To Discover The Truth About The Mysterious Man Who Rescued Her Grandmother In By The Time Her Odyssey Is Over, History Has Been Turned On Its Head, Past And Present Collide, And The Secret That Has Poisoned The Lives Of Three Generations Is Finally Revealed In A Shocking Climax That Holds The Key To Their RedemptionAISE FOR DIANE ARMSTRONG S FICTION A Cleverly Crafted Mystery A Good Story, Well Told Armstrong S Skill In Weaving An Elaborate Fabric Out Of Her Characters And Subject Matter Stand Her In Good Steadthe Bleak Wintry Landscapes Of The Polish Countryside Are Vividly Captured Andrew Riemer, Sydney Morning Herald Like Geraldine Brooks, Diane Armstrong S Historical Research Is Expertly Woven Into The Fabric Of A Fictional Tale, Providing An Engrossing Faction Of Heroism And Resilience Which Will Appeal To Both Fans Of Fictional Dramatic Romantic Sagas, As Well As Lovers Of Insightful History Australian Bookseller Publisher One of the several books I have read in isolation was this thoroughly absorbing little known story of the saving of a thousand Hungarian Jews towards the end of WWII Using a dual and sometimes triple timeline, we also get to experience the birth of the new nation of Israel Written by an octogenarian Holocaust survivor now living in Australia, it was a compelling and enlightening read. An enjoyable read, The Collaborator is the story of one woman s journey to search out the truth of her family history Annika travels to Budapest after seeing a photo of her grandmother in the Jewish museum in Sydney Her grandmother denies it is her and immediately shuts the subject down, so Annika is on a mission to ferret out the truth What she finds is muchthan she bargained for Her search takes her further afield to Tel Aviv, where she uncovers a transcript that reveals the shocking An enjoyable read, The Collaborator is the story of one woman s journey to search out the truth of her family history Annika travels to Budapest after seeing a photo of her grandmother in the Jewish museum in Sydney Her grandmother denies it is her and immediately shuts the subject down, so Annika is on a mission to ferret out the truth What she finds is muchthan she bargained for Her search takes her further afield to Tel Aviv, where she uncovers a transcript that reveals the shocking truth.The Collaborator is a well researched and believable tale, based on true events It has betrayal, secrets and a touch of romance Even though it s nearly 500 pages I read this book in one day, the story is engrossing The main problem I had with this book, however, is that I never really connected with any of the characters I wasn t engaged enough that I never wanted the story to end Having said that I did like the book and recommend it to lovers of World War 2 fiction, and it s aftermath.3.5 stars rounded up to 4.My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia for an ARC in exchange for an honest review I always enjoy historical novels based on real people and events In 1944 a Jewish businessman, Rudolf Kastner, was able to rescue a trainload of over 1600 Hungarian Jews from being sent to German gas chambers through negotiating with Adolf Eichmann to set them free in exchange for the possibility of tanks to fight the Russians as well as money and jewelry The Budapest Aid and Rescue Committee selected Jews from all areas of society to send to Switzerland with Kastner able to include members I always enjoy historical novels based on real people and events In 1944 a Jewish businessman, Rudolf Kastner, was able to rescue a trainload of over 1600 Hungarian Jews from being sent to German gas chambers through negotiating with Adolf Eichmann to set them free in exchange for the possibility of tanks to fight the Russians as well as money and jewelry The Budapest Aid and Rescue Committee selected Jews from all areas of society to send to Switzerland with Kastner able to include members of his family and some Jews from his home village After the war when Kastner had settled become a civil servant in Israel, he would be accused of collaborating with the Germans by not warning the remaining Hungarian Jews that they would be sent to death camps Diane Armstrong s novel tells a fictionalised version of Kastner s miracle train, through the investigations of a young Australian woman whose grandmother was one it s lucky passengers Annika, a journalist could never get her grandmother to tell her story of how she escaped from Hungary during WW2 so she is fascinated when she visits a Jewish museum and hears about the train and sees her grandmother in a photo of its passengers arriving in Switzerland With some time on her hand after resigning from her job, Annika decides to visit Budapest to learnabout her grandmother s story and the businessman given the fictional name Miklos Nagy in the novel who rescued a trainload of Jews from certain death Her investigations will eventually take her to Tel Aviv where she will learn her grandmother s secret and a revelation that will alter the course of her life.This is a very well researched and carefully crafted historical mystery, all theenjoyable because it is based on a true story Of course all history is biased by the narrator s viewpoint, and is particularly where Israeli politics and history is involved We ll never really know what Kastner had to do to convince Eichmann to allow a trainload of Jews to escape to Switzerland, but he does appear to have been wrongly accused of collaboration He was certainly a hero for those allowed on the train and there was nothing Kastner or his committee could have done to stop the Germans from sending the remaining Hungarian Jews to the gas chambers This is a long book, perhaps a little longer than needed, but it makes for a fascinating tale of courage and resiliance, expertly interwoven in the story of a young woman discovering her family s roots and finding love and a new life along the way With thanks to Netaglley and Harlequin Australia for an advance copy to read Sydney, Australia in 2005 and Annika Barnett had quit her high profile job as dissatisfaction threaded through her Her life so far had been unfulfilling when she heard about a Jewish man named Miklos Nagy from Budapest during the war, and saw her grandmother s violent reaction to his name, Annika was determined to find answers After all this man had saved her grandmother s life back in 1944.Annika headed first to Budapest, then on to Israel and her search for answers left her with manySydney, Australia in 2005 and Annika Barnett had quit her high profile job as dissatisfaction threaded through her Her life so far had been unfulfilling when she heard about a Jewish man named Miklos Nagy from Budapest during the war, and saw her grandmother s violent reaction to his name, Annika was determined to find answers After all this man had saved her grandmother s life back in 1944.Annika headed first to Budapest, then on to Israel and her search for answers left her with manyquestions But the horrors of the Holocaust the bravery of Miklos Nagy and the arrogance and evil of Adolf Eichmann was just the beginning Annika s journalistic determination as she scoured for the truth to those horrific days and the events following led her to many people When she finally uncovered the secrets, she knew it was time to head home She needed to see her mother and grandmother and tell them the story The Collaborator is a fascinating historical fiction novel by Aussie author Diane Armstrong which is set over two time frames Miklos Nagy tells his side of the story from 1944 onwards, while Annika narrates in 2005 The Collaborator is based on fact and the research by Ms Armstrong has been intense She explains in the Author s Notes at the end of the book and I was intrigued as well as horrified This is my second read by this author with Winter Journey being my first, and I ve loved them both An excellent writer, I ll definitely be readingHighly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review

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