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Last stages Very disappointing An enjoyable read The Collaborator is the story of one woman s journey to search out the truth of her family history Annika travels to Budapest after seeing of one woman s journey to search out the truth of her family history Annika travels to Budapest after seeing photo of her grandmother in the Jewish museum in Sydney Her grandmother denies it is her and immediately shuts the subject down so Annika is on a mission to ferret out the truth What she finds is much than she bargained for Her search takes her further afield to Tel #Aviv Where She Uncovers #where she uncovers transcript that reveals the shocking truthThe Collaborator is a well researched and believable tale based on true events It has betrayal secrets and a touch of romance Even though it s nearly 500 pages I read this book in one though it s nearly 500 pages I read this book in one the story is engrossing The main problem I had with this book however is that I never really connected with any of the characters I wasn t engaged enough that I never wanted the story to end Having said that I did like the book and recommend it to lovers of World War 2 fiction and it s aftermath35 stars rounded up to 4My thanks to NetGalley and Harleuin Australia for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Thanks to NetGalley Harleuin Australia and Diane Armstrong for giving me the chance to read and review her new book The CollaboratorBudapest 1944 Miklos Nagy is a Jewish journalist he s desperately trying to save as many Hungarian Jews as he can from the death camps and he has to negotiate their safety with the dreaded Adolf EichmannIn 2005 Sydney journalist Annika Barnett has always wondered how her grandmother Marika survived the Holocaust and what happened to her during WW II Her grandmother will never discuss her past and Annika has no idea how her Nana ended up living in AustraliaShe decides to travel to Budapest and eventually makes her way to Tel Aviv What she discovers affects all three generations of her family and she finds out about her grandmothers secret pastThe books is a long one it s really a historical family saga about heroism betrayal passion and secrets Was Miklos Nagy a hero or a traitorI gave The Collaborator 3 stars I m sorry but I found the story very long tedious and I was glad when I finally reached the end I shared my review on Goodreads Twitter Australian Kobo and my bloghttpskarrenreadsbooksblogspotcom There are many elements to this book that make it a compelling read The author is to be commended for creating a good balance in the book with regards to the politics of IsraelAnnika Barnett in 2005 is at loose ends frustrated with a job that she finds unfulfilling and after much pondering she makes the decision to resign On visiting her grandmother and referring to a recent television program where survivors of the Holocaust had been encouraged to tell their stories Annika uestions her grandmother as to why this part of her life is a closed One of the several books I have read in isolation was this thoroughly absorbing little known story of the saving of a thousand Hungarian Jews towards the end of WWII Using a dual and sometimes triple timeline we also get to experience the birth of the new nation of Israel Written by an octogenarian Holocaust survivor now living in Australia it was a compelling and enlightening read. FICTION'A cleverly crafted mystery a good story well told Armstrong's skill in weaving an elaborate fabric out of her characters and subject matter stand her in good steadthe bleak wintry landscapes of the Polish countryside are vividly captured' Andrew Riemer Sydney Morning Herald'Like Geraldine Brooks Diane Armstrong's historical research is expertly woven into the fabric of a fictional tale providing an engrossing ‘faction' of heroism and resilience which will appeal to both fans of fictional dramaticromantic sagas as well as lovers of insightful history' Australian Bookseller Publishe.

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Th fiction with characters that practically leap off the pages take the reader by the hand and draw them into their world reader by the hand and draw them into their world feel like I learned so much by reading this storyNarrated in a dual timeline format one part of the story is being told through the eyes of Annika an Australian journalist trying to find out the truth about Miklos Nagy the man who allegedly saved her grandmother s life together with 1500 other Jews during the war Since her grandmother remains tight lipped about the subject Annika decides to go to Hungary where her grandmother was living during the war She thus embarks on a journey that will take her from Hungary to Israel only to uncover a remarkable and heart breaking story of love courage and betrayalThe second timeline set during the war explores the very events Annika is investigating and is narrated through the eyes of Miklos Nagy himself a man who is lauded as hero by some traitor by others Personally I connected with Annika s story and related to her uest to uncover some truths about her grandmother s past I have worked with numerous holocaust survivors whose families never knew about the terrible tragedies they had suffered so Annika s grandmother s silence on the subject rang true for me as did her uest for answers Whilst I found Miklos Nagy s chapters fascinating and eye opening they also felt a bit detached and at times heavy with historical facts This is not a criticism merely a caution to readers to allow time to digest the story rather than expecting a uick entertaining read I found myself looking up facts about Hungary and the fate of its Jewish population because I felt I needed to understand the context and I am grateful to have learned from the story as well as appreciating the armchair time travelAll in all THE COLLABORATOR was a well researched interesting and thought provoking novel based on real life persons and events that explored a chapter of WWII history not often touched upon in historical fiction I found it relevant and educational as well as deeply moving and recommend it to all lovers of the genre35 stars Thank ou to Netgalley and Harleuin Australia for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review blog facebook instagram The factual history of Jewish Hungarian Rezso Kasztner is astounding In 1944 he bravely confronted Eichmann and negotiated the rescue of over 1000 Jewish Hungarians from certain death and deportation to Auschwitz The deal succeeded in transporting these Jews on a rescue train to Switzerland and to safety However Kasztner was later accused of having collaborated with the Nazis a court case following that would bring down the Israeli government of the time and seal his tragic fateAnd et despite this intriguing and complex story The Collaborator falls flat in Armstrong s 465 page fictionalised adaptation Her target audience seemed so broad that the writing became simplistic appealing to those interested in a sentimental love story or three and to those who lacked than a basic inkling about the Holocaust or about Israel Her invented characters diluted rather than enhanced the background story and moved it to pure melodrama in its. Onfronts the dreaded Adolf Eichmann in an attempt save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the death camps But no one could have foreseen the conseuencesIt is 2005 in Sydney and Annika Barnett sets out on a journey that takes her to Budapest and Tel Aviv to discover the truth about the mysterious man who rescued her grandmother in 1944By the time her odyssey is over history has been turned on its head past and present collide and the secret that has poisoned the lives of three generations is finally revealed in a shocking climax that holds the key to their redemptionPRAISE FOR DIANE ARMSTRONG'S. Sydney Australia in 2005 and Annika Barnett had uit her high profile job as dissatisfaction threaded through her Her life so far had been unfulfilling when she heard about a Jewish man named Miklos Nagy from Budapest during the war and saw her grandmother s violent reaction to his name Annika was determined to find answers After
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this man had her grandmother s life back in 1944Annika headed first to Budapest then on to Israel and her search for answers left her with many uestions But the horrors of the Holocaust the bravery of Miklos Nagy and the arrogance and evil of Adolf Eichmann was just the beginning Annika s journalistic determination as she scoured for the truth to those horrific days and the events following led her to many people When she finally uncovered the secrets she knew it was time to head home She needed to see her mother and grandmother and tell them the story The Collaborator is a fascinating historical fiction novel by Aussie author Diane Armstrong which is set over two time frames Miklos Nagy tells his side of the story from 1944 onwards while Annika narrates in 2005 The Collaborator is based on fact and the research by Ms Armstrong has been intense She explains in the Author s Notes at the end of the book and I was intrigued as well s Notes at the end of the book and I was intrigued as well horrified This is my second read by this author with Winter Journey being my first and I ve loved them both An excellent writer I ll definitely be reading Highly recommendedWith thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review The facts underlying this novel are very interesting spinning a fictitious love story around it just doesn t work for me with these kind of subjects It feels too much as if the holocaust has to be sold to people by wrapping it in some sugar coating Just brilliant I always enjoy historical novels based on real people and events In 1944 a Jewish businessman Rudolf Kastner was able to rescue a trainload of over 1600 Hungarian Jews from being sent to German gas chambers through negotiating with Adolf Eichmann to I can never resist a good story set during WWII especially one that explores lesser known historical events during that dark time in history Diane Armstrong s latest book THE COLLABORATOR falls firmly into that category Inspired by real happenings and people her captivating story focuses on the fate of 1500 Hungarian Jews who were saved from certain death in German concentration camps by the actions of one man who will later have to stand trial for being a Nazi collaborator Hero or traitor How can one and the same action be considered to be both depending on how ou look at itIt was immediately obvious that Armstrong has done A LOT of research into her topic as her story is peppered with facts and historical details that opened my eyes to political events that had somehow slipped under the radar for me If history lessons had been as captivating as this book I would certainly have known about the fate of the many Jewish people who managed to escape the Nazi death camps and started their new lives in Israel facing a whole new set of challenges AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER ARMSTRONG SEAMLESSLY WEAVES HISTORICAL the war was over Armstrong seamlessly weaves historical wi. Is he a hero or a traitor Based on astonishing true events set in the darkest days of World War II in Budapest this is an enthralling story of heroism vengeance passion and betrayal It is also the story of three women linked by a secret that threatens to destroy their lives For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz All That I Am and Schindler's Ark List An act of heroism the taint of collaboration a doomed love affair and an Australian woman who travels across the world to discover the truthIt is 1944 in Budapest and the Germans have invaded Jewish journalist Miklos Nagy risks his life and ,
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