Rivka's War - Marilyn Oser

Rivka's War

By Marilyn Oser

  • Release Date: 2013-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
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There are some who will tell you they have nothing against the Jews, said the commander.  "I will tell you, I have something for the Jews. If you will join me, I will...." She stopped, pondered, shrugged her heavy shoulders. "I cannot promise you safety.  I cannot promise you anything, except the opportunity to do something great." Russia, 1914. Rivka, daughter of a prosperous boot maker, seems destined by tradition for marriage and the humdrum rounds of shtetl life. Then war breaks out, and things go badly for the tsarís army. When demoralized troops begin deserting their posts in the trenches, one unlikely officer recruits a battalion of girls to set an example for the men. Can a woman fight successfully in the front lines? Rivka signs on, never suspecting the terrors that await her, or the trials that will test her, or the mishaps that will take her from the battlefields in the grip of revolutionary fervor, across the frozen steppes of civil-war-torn Siberia, and finally to the hot, dusty hills of Palestine, site of history's last great cavalry attack and first great air attack. World War I was a disastrous war; it ended in a disastrous peace, the consequences of which are still being felt today. Its effect on Jewish life in Eastern Europe has not often been written about, yet there and in Palestine that effect was profound. Taken from actual events, Rivkaís War tells of loss and survival, portraying the impact of the Great War on Jewish life. It is a coming-of-age tale that will satisfy adult readers while being appropriate, as well, for young adults.

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