|Plot Summary of Kindness of Strangers|
|"Erna, a widow, and her only child, 16-year-old Alice, know they must leave Czechoslovakia, the country of their ancestors, before the Nazis take over complete control if they are to survive. They are joined by Belo, an enthusiastic Zionist. Escape plans are made. To facilitate their escape Alice and 25 year old Belo marry. The trio travel to Brindisi, Italy, from where they plan to sail clandestinely to Palestine. The ship never comes and they are stranded, deserted and destitute. They face an unknown fate in the summer of 1939. Making their way to Genoa they narrowly escape death when it is the first area in Italy to be attacked by the Allies. They spend nine years in Italy during which time the Italian people, overlooking differences of nationality and religion, show a simple, uncomplicated type of goodness and compassion. "
Lillian B Herzberg, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Kindness of Strangers|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- climbing on trails
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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Lillian Belinfante Herzberg Resident Scholar Profiles|
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