Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
File size: 1979 KB
The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer is the story of two families, one Jewish and the other Catholic, and their struggle for survival in Bratislava, Slovakia prior to and during the Nazi occupation. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, marries Wilhelm Winkelmeier, a young man working in a bookstore, and they move in with his farmer parents.
The book is not only a commentary on the war and its effect on people, but a good example of the differences between city life and country life, social standing, family loyalty, the struggle to survive, compassion and the lack of it—humanity in general. I loved the character development and the way they interacted.
Mr Fischer’s research is evident in the detail and historical references. For those who enjoy historical fiction with lots of historical facts, this is a fantastic book. I, on the other hand, enjoy the characters and plot more than the historical minutia, For this reason, I found the book occasionally dragged, though I did learn a lot about the era and area.
This is a good story with many characters, plots, and underlying themes. I recommend reading the book, even if you are not interested in the historical data; the story is worth it.