Author: Kathryn Winter
Genre: YA Historical
During World War II, a Jewish orphan is living with her aunt and uncle During World War II in Slovakia, not ever having followed the faith she becomes a devout Catholic. Her aunt pays someone to take Katarina into hiding, but when the danger increases she is asked to leave the place and ends up wanders from village to village, confused by the threat that hangs over her, but maintained by a fierce belief in her eventual return to her family.
I selected this book because it was set in Slovakia – one of the places I will be visiting this year. KATARINA had so much potential as a book but never quite made it for me as a great story. It was interesting to read about what being Jewish meant, many of the Jewish people who were caught up in the holocaust were not practicing Jews – in fact for some of them the first that they heard of their Jewish ancestry was when they were hauled off to a concentration camp. For many other millions it is a way of life, their faith, their reason for being. Katarina was Jewish only because she had been born to a Jewish mother, she had never followed any of the traditions of the faith and wasn’t even sure what being Jewish meant. She converts to Catholicism as it was real for her; it gave her hope and a focus. She is very young as well, so this added to her confusion of what was happening and why. KATARINA was a quick read, and is semi-autobiographical – meaning the author put some of her experiences into the book. This is the only book written by Kathryn Winter.
Rating: D – Average. Was better to read than to do the housework.
I could find no author page for Kathryn Winter.