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Ronald H. Balson, Defending Britta Stein and Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star

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Join us for a talk with two prolific award-winning authors, sharing behind the scenes details about their latest WWII historic novels.

In Defend­ing Brit­ta Stein, Ole Hen­ryks is well known for his actions in Nazi-occu­pied Den­mark dur­ing World War II, and most consider him a hero. Nine­ty-year-old Britta Stein, however, does not, and accu­ses the pop­u­lar restau­ran­teur of war crimes and is tak­en into cus­tody for defacing his prop­er­ty. Stein becomes the tar­get of a bit­ter law­suit filed by Hen­ryks and his son, accus­ing her of defama­tion and inten­tion­al inflic­tion of emo­tion­al distress. Defend­ing Brit­ta Stein is a thrilling take on a mod­ern-day court­room dra­ma and a mas­ter­ful ren­di­tion of Den­mark’s wartime heroics.

The Woman with the Blue Star takes place in 1942 while Sadie Gault is living with her parents amid the horrors of the Kraków Ghetto. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day when Sadie looks up through a grate she sees Ella Stepanek, an affluent Polish girl living with a stepmother who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Their unlikely friendship begins, and their lives are tested in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by harrowing true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

In conversation with Patti McWeeny, JBM Committee Member.

Price - $12

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