The Broken Mirror by Kirk Douglas

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Growing up in Munich in the 1930s, young Moishe loves to hear his sister, Rachel, read him his favorite story: a fairy tale about an evil mirror broken and scattered by Satan. He wonders whether shards of that mirror, which have the power to turn people's hearts to ice, still exist. A few years later, when the Nazis imprison his family in a concentration camp, he knows that they do.

By the end of the war, Moishe is the only one of his family still alive, and he no longer wants to be Jewish. He tells the American liberators he is a Gypsy named Danny and is sent to a Catholic orphanage. When his best friend at the orphanage is adopted, Moishe is unable to bear yet another loss in his short life. He runs away. Yet when all seems utterly hopeless, he learns that the light of Sabbath candles is warm enough to melt the ice that has formed in his own heart.

In this moving story of a young boy's flight from his past, legendary actor and acclaimed author Kirk Douglas reminds us that sometimes we must embrace our most painful memories to uncover a brighter future. He tells a timeless tale of loss of faith and its recovery.


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Kirk Douglas has been a Hollywood legend for more than half a century. His eighty-three films include "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Lust for Life. "In addition, his company, Bryna, has produced such classics as "Spartacus, " Douglas has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the President, as well as numerous other awards and honors. Currently he serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the State Department and the Legion de Honneur in France. The father of four sons, and grandfather of five, he lives with his wife, Anne, in Beverly Hills.
Published September 1, 1997 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 96 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One of the more egregious examples of celebrity publishing, this relentlessly melodramatic and cliche-ridden novel sets out to explore one boy's experience of the Holocaust. In the first of many uncon

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The rest of the book concerns Moishe's temporary rejection of his Judaism and his improbable placement in a Catholic orphanage in Syracuse, N.Y., where, in suitably cinematic fashion, he finds his way back to his own faith.

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