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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
The Wolfenbergs were affluent gemstone dealers of German descent who lived during the Holocaust. They loved music and played private family concerts with the Hasses. Both families were so close that their sons, thirteen-year-old David Wolfenberg and Uwe Hass, were inseparable from childhood. It was during one of those private concerts that everything changed. Racial purification was ongoing, and the Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Somehow, the Hass patriarch and David’s football coach discovered the Wolfenbergs had Jewish ancestry and betrayed them out of jealousy and greed. David went from being a sheltered boy to surviving the hardships of Auschwitz and losing everything that mattered. Over six decades later, he returned to Europe, wealthy beyond imagination and ready to right all wrongs. Would he seek vengeance or offer forgiveness? Find out in David’s Child by Donald E. Zlotnik.
David’s Child by Donald E. Zlotnik is a book that made me exhale when I turned the last page. I couldn’t put this novel down, so get out your tissues. You will cry because you’re angry, happy, or just emotional. This project is a ride. It is about sacrifice, bravery, hope, faith, crime, and kindness. The novel also took me on tour through Auschwitz, and my heart broke. Many of us didn’t witness that horrible time known as the Holocaust, but this work blended fact and fiction and depicted a fraction of the horror. The character development was superb, guided by a brilliant plot. Olga is the queen of my heart because there are few women so brave, determined, and wise. Doctor Feingold comes up next for his unending selflessness. Otto and Peter also earned my respect while David was the star of the show. In the end, the enemy lies within. I enjoyed the author’s writing style, accurate information, documentation, and descriptive prowess. Thank you for this beautiful story, Donald.