The Medallion was set in 1939 Poland. It is a poignant, haunting tale of World War II and just how evil and unsafe Hitler had made the World. It was a difficult book for me to read. The author brought emotions, stories, and descriptions to people that lived during this nightmare.
Author Gohlke has done an exceptional job researching for her novel. Everything sounded realistic. Her characters are well done and heart-wrenching. It is hard to imagine anyone going through the atrocities that accompanied WWII. Just reading about it made me cry and I can’t stop thinking about the horrors.
This is a book about hope and trust. It is about knowing God is always there. Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are touched on. One of the main inspirational lessons is to prayer continually. After reading this, I was thankful that it was not anything I had to experience or endure.
There were sweet, touching moments in the book, too. They were overshadowed by the emotionally gut wrenching ones unfortunately. The Medallion is based on a true story, but I can definitely imagine everything happening.
I would recommend these to anyone that enjoys WWII fiction. My spirit is a bit too soft for all of the evil and vileness of the Nazis. However, the writing has been done beautifully and will touch the very core of your being. It does have Discussion Questions so if you are in a book club that enjoys this type of fiction, it would be perfect.
This book gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me. I received a readers’ copy from Celebrate Lit but was under not obligation to write a review. This is my own, honest opinion.
About the Book:
Book: The Medallion
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Genre: Historical Fiction (World War II)
Release date: June 4, 2019
For fans of bestselling World War II fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.
Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen—Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.
Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war—if any of them survive—is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.
Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.
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About the Author
Three-time Christy and two-time Carol and INSPY Award–winning and bestselling author Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, speaking of world and life events through the lens of history. She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks.
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Every story begins with a journey. Sharing that journey is twice the joy.
The Medallion was inspired by two true stories—the first was the WWII account of Itzhak Dugin and his Jewish family, persecuted in Lithuania. Their heart-wrenching story made world news when the tunnel from which Itzhak escaped the Nazis was discovered using modern technology.
The second was the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker within Żegota (an underground Polish Council to Aid Jews), who developed a network to rescue children. Despite terrible risks, they smuggled 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and certain death at the hands of the Nazis, then hid them in Polish homes, convents, churches and hospitals until the enud of the war. Approximately 2,000 of those children were found after the war. Theories abound regarding the whereabouts of those missing. I couldn’t help but wonder, and imagine: What became of those 400 to 500 missing children? What became of one?
Set in WWII Poland and post-war England, The Medallion is a story of courage, sacrifice, love, forgiveness and redemption.
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