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The Breaking of Eggs

by Jim Powell

Feliks Zhukovski is only nine when his mother puts him on a train out of Poland to escape the advancing Nazis. Only when he is 61 does he attempt to find his mother and half brother. The disintegration of the USSR, a trip to the USA and the discovery of a letter cause Feliks to reassess his entire life and beliefs. A touching story of war, love and loss which mirrors the lives of millions of Eastern Europeans.

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This is what I discovered the next day. Szmul did go on the outing. He took Lilia and Mordechaj, all of them dressed in their best clothes, and put them on the cart, and they rode out into the country, to that same place by the lake. And they sat in the field and ate their picnic. Then he killed them.

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