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Book Talk: The Book of Lost Names

31/05-4:00 pm

₪20.00 – ₪25.00

The Book of Lost Names by Kristan Harmel

4.00pm Tuesday 31 May – ZOOM Only (Note new time)

Do you like to talk about books?

Do you have a favorite book you have read that you would like to share?

Our book club, led by Liz Morley, meets once a month, on a Tuesday. Each month there will be a list of questions provided in advance to facilitate our discussion. Liz is looking for others who want to help lead a discussion. If you haven’t tried this before, she will work with you so please feel free to send her your ideas for books: liz.morley@gmail.com.

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.

An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice NetworkThe Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.

Please buy a ticket below or register at the Box Office.

Program will be on Zoom only.

Members: NIS 20

Non-Members: NIS 25

 The Zoom link to this program will be sent by email with receipt of payment.

If you have not received the link, please let us know by 10.00am the day of the program.


4:00 pm
₪20.00 – ₪25.00
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