Jenny Reynolds, a young South African convert to Judaism, was full of eager anticipation as she set out from Johannesburg on the "March of the Living" tour. Over the next few weeks, as part of an organized groups of thousands of holocaust survivors and their families, she would visit the scenes of the German destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War. It promised to be a profound intellectual and emotional experience, an experience that would be burned into her memory for the rest of her life. Her pilgrimage to the scenes of the holocaust does indeed become an experience that she would never forget, but in a very unexpected way. During an unscheduled overnight stopover in Switzerland, Jenny is shocked to discover that there may be a dark secret buried in her family's past. Back in South Africa her English father and Swiss mother had rarely spoken about their European relatives, but now, Jenny finds herself confronted with an evasive aunt in Zurich and a mysterious elderly uncle who works as a watchmaker in Munich, Germany. Suddenly, Jenny is besieged by disturbing questions that give her no rest. Obsessed with her search for answers, and frightened of what she might discover, Jenny shuttles desperately between the tragic world of the returning holocaust survivors and the sinister world of modern day Germany and its resurgent Nazi movement. Whichever way she turns, she finds herself a stranger to her people. As in her previous, highly popular thrillers, "On a Golden Chain" and "Yesterday's Child," Ruth Benjamin has spun a powerful and dramatic tale that forges ahead to its unforgettable conclusion with almost unbearable suspense.
by Ruth Benjamin
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