Walk the Dark Streets by Edith Baer

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A girl's escape from Nazi Germany.

The city Eva Bentheim once adored is no longer familiar. A swastika is emblazoned on the flag atop the City Hall. Teachers, family, and friends are beginning to disappear. Her father seems gone in a different way; he has become ill, fragile, and despondent as the Nazis gain power. When things get worse, Eva's mother desperately tries to obtain the proper papers for her family to leave the country. Then a horrible night of roundups occurs and Eva's father is taken away. A nocturnal search begins for someone who can help release him from the city jail. Eva's boyfriend, Arno, may have a way to save her father from deportation, but it soon becomes clear that their struggles have just begun. Exquisitely felt and written, Walk the Dark Streets resonates with the indomitability of the human spirit even as a loving family's attempts to stay together grow more and more hopeless.

About Edith Baer

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Edith Baer is the author of a previous novel, A Frost in the Night, also about Eva. Born in Germany, she was the only member of her immediate family to survive the Holocaust. She currently lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Published October 28, 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With this haunting, painful sequel to her elegiac autobiographical novel A Frost in the Night (see Fiction Reprints below), Baer ushers her heroine, the German Jewish girl Eva Bentheim, through the ri

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Eva's father can see what lies in store, but he is too ill to escape--although he is offered sponsorship by an American citizen, he knows he will fail the physical at the consulate, and he and Eva's mother decide that Eva must leave by herself.

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When Eva's despondent and ill father is rounded up in the dead of night, it is Arno who wrests his release from this dishonest yet well connected uncle.

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