For Such a Time is Kate Breslin's first novel. She is starting out with a bang. She uses the story of Esther and weaves it into a story set during WWII.
Hadassah Benjamin knows her life is over as she faces a firing squad only to be saved by a SS Kommandanat. Where she hides from the Nazis in plain sight. She works for Aric as his secretary. She is forced to watch as her fellow Jews are sent off to Auschwitz. But what can she do?
But like Esther she must discover that she may have been place in the situation she is in for just such a time. Will she have the courage to stand up for her people in their time of greatest need?
From Kate's own pen she will tell you some of the minor changes she made to dates and placement of buildings, but her goal was to show the suffering of the Jews that were placed in the ghetto before being shipped off to the death camps.
Once again we have a book that show that the world really turned a blind eye to the reports coming out of the camps and ghettos. We just did not want to believe that there was so much evil in the world and we were doing nothing about it.
Not a light read, but one that will keep you turning pages until the very end.