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The chance to save many lives could cost her the loss of her own family.Poland 1938. Eve of the World War II. Rivka sends her husband and three beloved children to the United States, where they will find safe shelter from the war.She tells everyone that she is staying behind in order to care for her aging parents but her real reason is completely different.Beyond her work The chance to save many lives could cost her the loss of her own family.Poland 1938. Eve of the World War II. Rivka sends her husband and three beloved children to the United States, where they will find safe shelter from the war.She tells everyone that she is staying behind in order to care for her aging parents but her real reason is completely different.Beyond her work as librarian, Rivka serves as a spy for the Jewish underground, a critical role in the changing reality in Europe.Even when she receives letters describing her family’s desperate situation, the sense of mission leaves her no choice.She understands that her brave choice may cost a painful price - losing her own family.The Jewish Spy is a historical drama; The story of a brave woman with remarkable determination and strength that will leave you breathless and fully inspired.


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The chance to save many lives could cost her the loss of her own family.Poland 1938. Eve of the World War II. Rivka sends her husband and three beloved children to the United States, where they will find safe shelter from the war.She tells everyone that she is staying behind in order to care for her aging parents but her real reason is completely different.Beyond her work The chance to save many lives could cost her the loss of her own family.Poland 1938. Eve of the World War II. Rivka sends her husband and three beloved children to the United States, where they will find safe shelter from the war.She tells everyone that she is staying behind in order to care for her aging parents but her real reason is completely different.Beyond her work as librarian, Rivka serves as a spy for the Jewish underground, a critical role in the changing reality in Europe.Even when she receives letters describing her family’s desperate situation, the sense of mission leaves her no choice.She understands that her brave choice may cost a painful price - losing her own family.The Jewish Spy is a historical drama; The story of a brave woman with remarkable determination and strength that will leave you breathless and fully inspired.

30 review for The Jewish Spy: A WW2 Historical Novel, Based on a True Story of a Jewish Holocaust Survivor (World War II Brave Women Fiction)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Naiman

    Turn the channel to another daytime program for lonely women. If you expect another novel of daring escapades and secret meetings and thrilling adventures in war time Europe....forget it. What you have here is a soap opera that clearly telegraphs what’s to come way before the end of the tale.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave Wheeler

    Not what i expected I love the story of Rivka Mum & Wife who gave up everything her family all for her people, she lost so much then gain a life and you will have to read to find out the rest. The war cost so much to so many the Jews more than anyone else but the cost to humanity is also immeasurable. Rivka was a Polish Jew she saw the worst of humanity but felt the love of a community a Race. Hers is a story that speaks of the time but it went beyond the war and was a personnel one that is ficti Not what i expected I love the story of Rivka Mum & Wife who gave up everything her family all for her people, she lost so much then gain a life and you will have to read to find out the rest. The war cost so much to so many the Jews more than anyone else but the cost to humanity is also immeasurable. Rivka was a Polish Jew she saw the worst of humanity but felt the love of a community a Race. Hers is a story that speaks of the time but it went beyond the war and was a personnel one that is fiction and has twists you just won't be expecting, i feel safe in predicting this. So do i recommend it i have it 5 stars so I'm guessing that's a yes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This is the 3rd book by Hayuta Katzenelson, but the first one I have read. I will be looking for her other 2 books. If you like Historical Ficition Novels about WWII and the Holacust, I recommend you giving this book a try. I started this yesterday late afternoon and finished it this morning. Such a good book. It's said that History is stronger than fiction, and with this book, Katzenelson, gives us a chance to view history through the eyes of Rivka. Rivka has a role as an intelligence spy for th This is the 3rd book by Hayuta Katzenelson, but the first one I have read. I will be looking for her other 2 books. If you like Historical Ficition Novels about WWII and the Holacust, I recommend you giving this book a try. I started this yesterday late afternoon and finished it this morning. Such a good book. It's said that History is stronger than fiction, and with this book, Katzenelson, gives us a chance to view history through the eyes of Rivka. Rivka has a role as an intelligence spy for the Jewish people of Israel. She gathers info from all over Europe. The only problem is, she can't tell anyone, not even her family. Her fate was linked to all the Jews and the State of Israel, whose creation she was helping to bring about. Her family leaves her in Poland, to take care of her parents, while they head for America. Rivka plays a critical role in changing the reality of Europe. Katzenelson writes the characters of this book, with credibility that helps them become part of us. This is a story of a brave woman, who has remarkable determination and strength. She saw a lot and overcame a lot during this book. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes historical fiction dealing with WWII and the Holacust. It takes a different view on both. Thanks to Nave and Katzenelson for a Kindle copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Galella

    A good story but the writing is in desperate need of an editor. Perhaps the problem with this book is that both the author and translator are not comfortable speaking English. That’s ok for the author; big trouble for the translator. I won’t bore with a list of all the grammatical horrors but there are a boatload of them. I’m willing to let most slide by if they don’t impact the reading experience too much but author, Haputa Nelson, jeopardizes her own storytelling. Based on a true story, “The Jew A good story but the writing is in desperate need of an editor. Perhaps the problem with this book is that both the author and translator are not comfortable speaking English. That’s ok for the author; big trouble for the translator. I won’t bore with a list of all the grammatical horrors but there are a boatload of them. I’m willing to let most slide by if they don’t impact the reading experience too much but author, Haputa Nelson, jeopardizes her own storytelling. Based on a true story, “The Jewish Spy” reads like a biography with multiple POV’s. The story is about Rivka, her early life as a Polish wife, mother & spy during WW2, how she and her family separate to survive the Nazi invasion and how they find their way back together. Much of the story is dark. Rivka experiences horrific situations and because Nelson’s writing lacks emotional development, it’s hard to find empathy for her or any of the characters. The entire cast is 2 dimensional as is the setting. As the story progresses, there’s an opportunity to hear about Poland, England, Israel and N. Y. C. What info we do get is minimal rather than a sense of time and place, something unique. Altho’ this is book 4 of a 5 book series it stands alone just fine. Because of the mechanical difficulties, I won’t seek out any of the other volumes📚

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    Enthralling Very good story. I felt as if the characters were real and I could feel their anguish and joy. I hope Rivka finds the peace she deserves.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘How can you break up your family so easily?’ Israeli author Hayuta Katzenelson serves as a conflict mediator while also volunteering at eh Israeli police and social organizations. She has published three books to date – TO LIVE THE FUTURE, WAITING FOR HER BELOVED, and now THE JEWISH SPY. The continuing need to explore and understand the Holocaust has resulted in many fine novels, both valid memoirs and fictional tales, and Hayuta combines those elements with this fine novel based on the true sto ‘How can you break up your family so easily?’ Israeli author Hayuta Katzenelson serves as a conflict mediator while also volunteering at eh Israeli police and social organizations. She has published three books to date – TO LIVE THE FUTURE, WAITING FOR HER BELOVED, and now THE JEWISH SPY. The continuing need to explore and understand the Holocaust has resulted in many fine novels, both valid memoirs and fictional tales, and Hayuta combines those elements with this fine novel based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor. In making her characters credible as people with whom we can identify and thus feel stronger compassion, Hayuta manages to capture our attention as she weaves this enhanced biographical experience with grace. Hayuta opens her story with an insightful moment that describes her central character: ‘Rivka’s whole body ached with nostalgia, even though her husband and children were with her in her hometown of Nadvorna to celebrate her forty-second birthday. Her blue eyes were dreaming as she helped her mother, Masha, get seated at the table. How could she leave her parents, who had always supported her, behind? Since her older brother’s death at a young age from tuberculosis, she had felt obligated to be especially attentive and acquiesce to their wishes. There was even a sort of guilt she carried as the one who survived…’ With this degree of sensitivity to Rivka’s plight the story becomes compelling. Briefly, the arc of the story follows as the synopsis states – ‘Poland 1938. Eve of the World War II. Rivka sends her husband and three beloved children to the United States, where they will find safe shelter from the war. She tells everyone that she is staying behind in order to care for her aging parents but her real reason is completely different. Beyond her work as librarian, Rivka serves as a spy for the Jewish underground, a critical role in the changing reality in Europe. Even when she receives letters describing her family’s desperate situation, the sense of mission leaves her no choice. She understands that her brave choice may cost a painful price - losing her own family.’ It has been often said that history is stranger than fiction, and in Hayuta’s skilled hands she blends that terrifying history of WW II and the Holocaust with a sensitive depiction of a survivor in a novel that makes a lasting imprint on the reader. Recommended

  7. 5 out of 5

    dalia pelleg

    This is not a historical novel and I doubt if it is even a true story. At best it is a Romantic Novel with too many twists and situations that, to may opinion, lack credibility. The actual writing reminds me of book-reports we used to do at high-school. Lack of diversity in language (at least the one i read in English) and many repetitions of same situations again and again. I would not delve into the actual details of the story and what the hero(s) are going through - its not worth it so I won' This is not a historical novel and I doubt if it is even a true story. At best it is a Romantic Novel with too many twists and situations that, to may opinion, lack credibility. The actual writing reminds me of book-reports we used to do at high-school. Lack of diversity in language (at least the one i read in English) and many repetitions of same situations again and again. I would not delve into the actual details of the story and what the hero(s) are going through - its not worth it so I won't waste any time on it. Sorry guys - sorry author - not my favorite.

  8. 5 out of 5

    AM

    Started well, interesting to begin with but then became less of a historical novel and more of a disjointed romance novel. I persevered to the end but I’m glad it was my free book and I hadn’t bought it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Fellows

    The Jewish Spy WWII / Poland Rivka decided not to leave for America with her husband and children as they embarked on a ship out of Gdańsk, her decision was twofold, she wanted to take care of her elderly parents who would not leave Poland, and she had been working for the underground Jewish resistance movement in Poland unbeknownst to her husband who left with the three children. Jacob and the children left for New York in steerage aboard an overcrowded ship. The passengers were emancipated and s The Jewish Spy WWII / Poland Rivka decided not to leave for America with her husband and children as they embarked on a ship out of Gdańsk, her decision was twofold, she wanted to take care of her elderly parents who would not leave Poland, and she had been working for the underground Jewish resistance movement in Poland unbeknownst to her husband who left with the three children. Jacob and the children left for New York in steerage aboard an overcrowded ship. The passengers were emancipated and sick. They were assisted by Hannah, Jacobs sister, and her husband to settle into New York and the lifestyle, until the huge accident where Hannah’s family were killed. This left Jacob distraught and the family split up due to the horrid happening. Rachel was forced to act as the mother and wife after all the family mishaps. In the meantime Europe was falling to the Nazi’s. The Jewish folks were being rounded up and sent to camps. Even though all Jews had to wear the yellow star on their clothing, Rivka kept up with her underground activities no matter what. Unbeknownst to her, the family in New York was suffering their own heartaches. In Europe from being rounded up into the Jewish Getto, the Judenrat yielded power and distrust to the getto populace. After working with the Resistance Rivka arrives in Israel, and keeps her personal life quiet. He quest to find her family is her greatest desire. This book keeps you interested throughout with all the intriguing life and frightening consequences, memories and fear, violence and persecution of Jewish folks during WWII. Very realistic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    When Rivka decides to remain behind in Poland when her husband and children immigrate to America, she has no idea when or if she will see them again. Yaakov, her husband, is angry that she would abandon her children but she can't tell him the real reason for remaining behind. She works as a spy for those who are trying to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Remaining behind will mean that she endures the massacre of all the Jews from her village, the hardships of living with a partisan gro When Rivka decides to remain behind in Poland when her husband and children immigrate to America, she has no idea when or if she will see them again. Yaakov, her husband, is angry that she would abandon her children but she can't tell him the real reason for remaining behind. She works as a spy for those who are trying to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Remaining behind will mean that she endures the massacre of all the Jews from her village, the hardships of living with a partisan group until she can be evacuated to Palestine, and then the trials of finding one's place in a new land. Meanwhile, her family endures the hardships of a cross Atlantic trip in the bowels of a ship that is overcrowded with refugees. When they arrive at Ellis Island, they find conditions there little better and it is not until Yaakov's sister Hannah asks a friend for help that the little family is rescued from their plight. For a while things seems to be getting better, that is until Yaakov's sister and her family are killed in an accident. Then things begin to go from bad to worse. Throughout the years, Rivka longs to find her family. If she finds her family will she find peace and happiness also> Or, will she find more pain?

  11. 4 out of 5

    June

    The title was intriguing espcially when it is about WWII brave women and even the cover was interesting but when I started reading I was somewhat perplexed by the story. Rivka stays behind in Poland while her husband (who vehemently disagrees with her decision since he can see what is going to happen ) leaves to go to America with their 3 children. I guess I can sort see her decision to stay with her older parents but she is also a spy who is helping the underground. Things get increasingly wors The title was intriguing espcially when it is about WWII brave women and even the cover was interesting but when I started reading I was somewhat perplexed by the story. Rivka stays behind in Poland while her husband (who vehemently disagrees with her decision since he can see what is going to happen ) leaves to go to America with their 3 children. I guess I can sort see her decision to stay with her older parents but she is also a spy who is helping the underground. Things get increasingly worse after family leaves and she is put into situations that almost seem unsurmountable but she keeps on going. However and this is where the story loses some of its keeness for me. Rivka becomes infatuated with a spy and entangled with him while on the other side in America her family is undergoing sad and shocking developments. The rest of the story is a bit predictable and extremely depressing and the ending.....well I can only hope that brave women of WWII had better endings then Rivka did.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book had so much potential, but the interrelationships of Rivka, Menachem, and Rachel ruined it in my opinion. For Menachem to by chance fall in love and marry Rachel, Rivka's daughter, after having a relationship with Rivka in Europe is a stretch, but for Rivka and Menachem to then take a trip together to find her son and for her to have an affair with her daughter's husband is ridiculous. Sorry, but whatever the heart may feel that is just wrong. Including incest in the story was totally This book had so much potential, but the interrelationships of Rivka, Menachem, and Rachel ruined it in my opinion. For Menachem to by chance fall in love and marry Rachel, Rivka's daughter, after having a relationship with Rivka in Europe is a stretch, but for Rivka and Menachem to then take a trip together to find her son and for her to have an affair with her daughter's husband is ridiculous. Sorry, but whatever the heart may feel that is just wrong. Including incest in the story was totally unnecessary and ruined it for me. I give the book 3 stars because it is well written.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michele Koff

    When we ignore the past it repeats itself This is a story about WW2 and how it impacted the jews and tore families apart. Now this same hatrid is building up in the world and we only have a small window of opportunity to stop it. People must make sacrifices and important decisions to keep the world safe for all. The far right are flexing their muscles as they did before. Reading this book brings the horror of the past into present day and how history can repeat itself.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    The story begins with the Nazi’s taking over Poland. Concerned for the well being of her family, Rivka, sends her husband and three children to America while she remains in Warsaw to care for her aging parents. There are many twists and turns in this historical love story and an ending I would never have predicted. This is a great read and was available to me free through Kindle Unlimited.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Gabriel

    The story was fine. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. But, the se sentences were choppy and appeared to be the English of a person writing English as a second language. If the author is writing English as a second language, he/she has written a beautiful story worth reading. I enjoyed the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    GJ S

    Jewish history This book was so hard to read The jews did not deserve such torment, God's chosen people! This story of the characters lives was written in detail The unnecessary detailed of their sex life was too much It didn't have to be told in detail. May God continue to bless His people and protect them from harm pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Jewish history This book was so hard to read The jews did not deserve such torment, God's chosen people! This story of the characters lives was written in detail The unnecessary detailed of their sex life was too much It didn't have to be told in detail. May God continue to bless His people and protect them from harm pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Herbert Rosenblum

    Spellcheck needed I am very bothered by misspellings. Every example pulls me away from the story. I have a poor memory and I find that I must go back to get the story line. It makes for a very unpleasant experience. I would have enjoyed the story much more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Such a sad story.... I would never have been brave enough to do what this young mother of 3 did. Also, not being her, I won’t judge several of the moral choices she made. Good history lesson and well worth reading.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bruce D.

    A life story of a Jewish woman who spied for IsraeL A good story about Rocks, who gave up her family to.spy for the Israeli underground movement. The story entails the trials she went through in losing and finding her family.. Recommended reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anita Rohn

    Jewish spy Emotional and tears at the heart. Decisions were made to try and protect some while being torn from others. It is hard to read the words that are blunt reminders of a world torn apart.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Whittington

    This was an exceptional book that will be hard to forget.Very well written. I could hardly put the book down, wanting to keep reading, but when it was finished, I hated that I was through and wondered what would follow. Enjoyed this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leah Dent

    Disappointing I had expected a book of adventure about a Jewish spy during WW2 but the book hardly touches on that aspect of the life of the main character. It is more about her affairs. I finished it only because I wanted to see how it all ended but even the ending fell flat.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jay Schlaitzer

    Surprise Surprise This book keeps you in constant need of finding the next surprise around the corner then just as you are sure you have it figured out wham another surprise. To think this is based on a true story confounds the surprises.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    sophomoric The story line has so much potential- it’s a great idea. However, the editor did no favors for this writer. The writing continually reminded me of a high school student writing one line at a time, not trying to weave thoughts and feelings into the story appropriately, nor trying to create the rhythm prose should have. It was just a line. Then another line. Then a another. Short m, stunted, writing, lacking the ability to truly draw you in and connect you with the reader. And the ending sophomoric The story line has so much potential- it’s a great idea. However, the editor did no favors for this writer. The writing continually reminded me of a high school student writing one line at a time, not trying to weave thoughts and feelings into the story appropriately, nor trying to create the rhythm prose should have. It was just a line. Then another line. Then a another. Short m, stunted, writing, lacking the ability to truly draw you in and connect you with the reader. And the ending felt like that high school student had met the length requirement and just ended the story. So disappointing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike Brannick

    Survivor This is a touching story of a time of great turmoil and struggle. The real life of a woman who sacrificed for her people. These are her struggles and how she survived. This is a good history lesson. But much more interesting than a history book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Allan

    The story seemed contrived. I could not relate to the characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tzippy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought it was well written and I enjoyed reading it but I wanted a happier ending. I can’t think of one but I wish there had been one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany L

    AWESOME Book! There are a lot of twists and turns to make it difficult to put the book down.

  29. 5 out of 5

    susan cocco

    Not what I expected. Too much a romance novel. The story became ridiculous. I didn’t finish the book

  30. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Tomlin

    Fair Interesting story but not very well written. Felt like a creative writing project. I had high hopes. I usually like these types of stories s lot.

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