This couldn't end well: a novel about World War II with guiding elements from one of the most terrifying fairy-tales ever written. I knew it would be vicious, and that even the best ending would be unfavorable. But I was nonetheless curious and I hoped to find glimmers of resilience and beauty in the pages of such a sad story-I was not disappointed. In Nazi-occupied Poland, two Jewish children are abandoned by their father and stepmother in a deep forest as a final effort to save their lives. Given new German names, Hansel and Gretel, find shelter with the village "witch", but this is just a brief reprieve from the starvation and desertion they are to endure. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel is not for the faint of heart: it's a violent, haunting story about the Holocaust. But it is also a powerful and exposing narrative; an enchanting tale of strength and love.
A retelling of the classic fairy tale, set in Nazi-occupied Poland, follows two Jewish children, left by their father and stepmother to seek refuge in a dense forest, as they wander the woods until being taken in by Magda, an eccentric old woman.