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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 Book 4)

  1. 5 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. 4 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. 4 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.

  5. 5 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

  6. 4 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.

  7. 4 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.

  8. 4 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📚

  9. 5 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.

  10. 5 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.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Good story line... enough to keep you reading!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Allan

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

  18. 5 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    susan cocco

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

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Honestly I felt it was an old school Jerry springer kind of story. It screamed soo much scandal towards the end

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wanda L. Thompson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Dunn

  25. 4 out of 5

    sharlynn tucker

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janmacy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Circelli

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Gilbert

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mrs S E Robinson

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