If Anita’s Piano doesn’t burrow into your heart and mind, I can’t imagine what will. If you don’t feel ill to read of this dark stain on history, I would be amazed. This is powerful reading, moving, educational and the true story of a young girl who survived the brutality of WWII, concentration camps and the terror of wondering which day will be your last. What kept Anita going, how was she able to survive? Was it holding on to the happy memories, love of family and the way life used to be? Was it an inner strength and resourcefulness? Anita’s story comes to life under the pen of Marion A. Stahl, chronicling Anita’s life before the German invasion and after the hateful and horrendous devastation of their occupation.
As an educational tool, no student should miss Anita’s story. This is history, the proof of the cruelties that racism and bullying, greed and the lust for power can create. Much more personal than a classic text book, Be a Hero: Anita’s Piano allows the reader to see, hear and feel the truth of living through such atrocities. It takes a caring hand to write this tale and a brave soul to share their life with such honesty. I cannot recommend this book enough to ALL readers, young and not so young.