Book: TOUCHING THE WIRE by Rebecca Bryncategories: Book, Nazi War Criminals, World War II, Doctor and Nurse, Wartime Romance, Crime, Mystery, Suspense Romance, Death Camps, Auschwitz, War Crimes, Suspense Thriller
Rebecca Brynabout this book: Touching the Wire Publishing date 1st November 2014 Available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk
A young doctor and one of his nurses struggle to save lives amidst the horror of a Nazi death camp. They join the camp resistance and sabotage becomes a way of life: sabotage is punishable by death, love is punishable by death, breathing is punishable by death. Their relationship deepens as they wait desperately for liberation, hardly daring to hope, with promises yet to be kept.
The doctor's granddaughter finds an enigmatic carving. Intrigued, she embarks on a journey of discovery in an attempt to understand the past her grandfather won't talk about. Nothing prepares her for what she finds.
The inspiration for the story came from a television report that made me consider my feelings about forgiveness and, I confess, I didn't know if I could forgive, as so many victims of the Holocaust have. The image that drove me onwards through the story was the pain of loss in the blue eyes of a gentle Polish Jew who lost his family in an extermination camp. I was very young, he was my teacher, but the memory of that look has never left me.
Touching the Wire has been through many incarnations over the past three years before I settled on this version and this title. It sums up the very human desire to end it all when life becomes unbearable, yet there is always that equally human hope that won't be extinguished. Ours is the choice to make - to touch the wire or to live.
The research for Touching the Wire took me to places of unimaginable horror. Often, I had to walk away, sickened and incredulous by man's inhumanity to man. I read testimonies of survivors that inspired me with their compassion, their lack of bitterness, their courage, spirit and ability to forgive. Whenever I feel like complaining about my lot in life, I think of these brave men and women and count my blessings. It's a lesson every generation should learn, lest this horror be allowed to happen again. Lest we forget how very lucky we are and how very precious life is.
Touching the Wire won a Gold medal in the Historical fiction – event-era genre in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2019
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