Book Review: Dancing On A Powder Keg

Dancing on a Powder Keg
The intimate voice of a young mother and author, her letters composed in the lengthening shadow of Hilter’s Third Reich; her poems from the Thereseinsatdt ghetto.
by Ilse Weber
Bunim & Bannigan

Nonfiction (Adult), History
Pub Date 15 Jan 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Dancing On A Powder Keg through the publisher and Netgalley:

The letters begin in February of 1933 Chronicling the life of the Mother of a young Son! She writes of the birth of another son on March.02.1934, a son they were certain was going to be a girl, but were surprised by another boy. A Son they named Thomas. She talks of her Children’s illnesses, being relocated, the letters go on to talk about what is happening around her.

We learn that at first Ilse did not feel that she had anything to fear from the Nazi’s. She believed that though many Swatiska’s adorned her neighbors home they weren’t going to turn her and her family in.

Ilse Weber was in the Thereseinsatdt Ghetto from 1942-1944. Most of Ilse Weber’s poems were buried by her husband in the Thereseinsadt Ghetto, were retrieved after the liberation.

The poems that Ilse wrote, show of hunger, that she and her children suffer, of the aches, and the pain, and the horrific way they were treated. They are a testament to what life was really like in the Ghetto.

I give Dancing on a Powder Keg five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.


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