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Welcome to the August Online Book Club. This month we’re discussing Day After Night by Anita Diamant.
In Day After Night, four women are waiting to make a new life for themselves after surviving the horrors of being Jewish in Europe during World War II. They have left their home continent to live in the new state of Israel. Without identity papers, they are stuck in a camp for illegal immigrants called Atlit, run by British soldiers. Life is better than it was before, but living in another camp has them yearning for more.
I chose Day After Night as the August book for the Online Book Club. I have read Anita Diamant’s book The Red Tent and The Boston Girl. I really enjoyed The Red Tent, but thought The Boston Girlwas not very exciting. Day After Nightlooked very interesting and I love historical fiction. I was not disappointed.
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- How did you feel when you got to the end of the book?
- Did you know anything about Atlit or how Jews immigrated to the new country of Israel? If not, what did you learn?
- Do you think Shayndel should have bragged more about her fighting? Why or why not?
- How do you feel about Leonie’s fate a brothel being looked down upon by others?
- Why did some people at Atlit cling to faith and learning Hebrew and others turn away from it?
- How much of a role did hope play in their survival in Atlit?
- How is each character using defense mechanisms in Atlit still?
- Two people are found to not be Jewish in camp. Do you think it was okay for the nanny to assume that role for the child?
- Do you think the discovered SS officer’s fate was just?
- If there is anything you want to discuss that I didn’t mention, please ask it here.