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The Most Precious of Cargoes

author: Jean-Claude Grumberg (2019)
translator: Frank Wynne
date read: 17 March 2022
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A sort-of fairy tale from the second World War. Two Jewish parents are being transported with their twin children through a snowy wood, and the father throws his daughter from the train to try to save her life. The baby is taken in by a woodcutter’s wife, and we see the people who do – or don’t – let the child into their lives.

A beautiful little story of humanity and kindness, in the darkest of times.

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