Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust by Kathy KacerRestitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust by Kathy Kacer

Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust

byKathy Kacer

Paperback | April 1, 2010

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Based on the true story of a Jewish family’s fight to regain a symbol of their lost life, Restitution begins in Prague on the eve of the Nazi invasion. The Reesers know that they must flee Czechoslovakia, but first they deliver their valuable oil paintings into the hands of a Christian colleague for safekeeping. Led by their intrepid matriarch, Mari Reeser, the family make their escape under the nose of the Nazis, arriving in Canada just days before WWII begins. Despite a successful new life in Toronto, the Reesers never forgot what was left behind. When peace returned to Europe, Mari fought for the return of the paintings, only to be thwarted by the Communist regime. Hope sparked again in 1989 when Mari’s son, Karl Reeser, received a letter saying the paintings were his if he could retrieve them. Finding all legal means closed to him, he traveled to Prague to make one last try. Here, fate intervened with an unlikely savior named Richard VandenBosch, an official at the Canadian Embassy. Together, he and Karl manage to retrieve the paintings and secrete them in the embassy. The final hurdle — how to get the paintings to Canada? — is solved by a resourceful art dealer and smuggler named Theofil Kral, whose honest desire to help the Reeser family restore a symbol of their vanished life sees the four paintings returned to them at last.
Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.
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Title:Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the HolocaustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.67 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897187750

ISBN - 13:9781897187753

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[Kacer's] approach exemplifies the demands of historical writing, as well as the ability to educate while offering a thoughtful and suspenseful narrative. - Canadian Literature - 20141014