The broken mirror: a novella, Issue 1997
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
, Sep 1, 1997
- Juvenile Fiction
- 88 pages
Growing up in Munich in the 1930's, 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 wemust embrace our most painful memories to uncover a brighter future. He tells a timeless tale of loss of faith and its recovery.