The Soldier, the Avatar, and the Holocaust: WWII Germany Jan-May 1945

The Soldier, the Avatar, and the Holocaust: WWII Germany Jan-May 1945

Did the Holocaust really happen? Seventeen-year old computer nerd Beth needs to know...

About the Book

hero1_webDid the Holocaust really happen? Seventeen-year old computer nerd Beth needs to know, so in 2017 she time-travels back to 1945 and accompanies her 19 year-old great-grandfather Sandy through the last five months of WWII. Along the way, she joins with two other teen time-travelers to meet three young German girls who share their stories of survival of the various armies that invaded their town, goes to 1945 Ohio to meet her 18 year-old great-grandmother who waits for her young soldier to come home, then returns to Sandy and his 42nd Rainbow Division for the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp. As a result, Beth discovers both the insidiousness of hate and the power of love.

Ronni Sanlo, writer and retired UCLA professor, tells the story of the last five months of WWII through actual letters her father, Sanford “Sandy” Lebman, wrote to her mother, but from the point of view of a 17 year-old girl from 2017. The book is an historical novel in that much of the story is true according to Dr. Sanlo’s extensive research. The part about the avatar, of course, is not. But could it have happened????

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