Holocaust Remembrance Day

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January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On this annual day of commemoration here are a few associated books:

These are two wonderful gifts I received a few Christmas’ ago.books

“The Holocaust Museum In Washington” This book was written by Jeshajahu Weinberg, the founding director of the museum. There are hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs throughout the book–photos of kitchen utensils, hair, shoes, forged documents, artificial limbs, and luggage and prayer shawls confiscated from the victims. Haunting and terrifying are photos showing charred corpses of concentration camp inmates, a starved prisoner in Buchenwald, a young Jewish partisan woman being hanged in Minsk in 1941, Danish Jews escaping to Sweden on a small boat, and Hungarian Jews arriving in Auschwitz in 1944. The book provides a well-rounded history of the Holocaust, but I would still really love to visit this museum in person!

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“Once We Were Brothers”
a fictional novel by Ronald H. Balson

Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

Here are a couple books on my wishlist and tbr list:
(click pictures and titles for more info.)


From A Name to A Number:

A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography
A deeply personal story about one man’s lovely childhood that turned into a nightmare at the age of 15. He survives 5 camps and a multitude of atrocities. He is one of few survivors, and resides in my hometown of Portland, OR. I plan to read this book soon, I am fascinated by the prospect of it.

Rated 4.9 on amazon.com

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Book Bean: Jewish Traditional Apple Tea
In a saucepan, bring a cup of water and allspice (4whole) just to a boil; add 2 black-tea bags. Remove from the heat; cover and steep for 3 minutes. Discard allspice and tea bags. Stir in a cup of apple juice and honey to taste.

The Boy on the Wooden Box:
How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. My watching the movie Schindler’s list is one of a series of events that sparked my intrigue and constant curiosity about the Holocaust. I am looking forward to this book.

Rated 4.8 on amazon.com

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Book Bean: Turkish coffee
A method of preparing coffee using finely powdered roast coffee beans and roasting them in a small pot. Add in a little Cardamon spice for a nice aroma and taste. It is also known as “Jewish coffee” or “Israeli Turkish coffee” or “Arabic coffee”

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Fun Fact: It’s a tradition in Israel to bring coffee to a friend’s house for Shabbat or send coffee in a gift basket for a birthday. Coffee is also an excellent addition to a Mishloach Manot basket for the Jewish holiday of Purim.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein

What related book have you read, that really moved/impact you?

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Ninth Day of Christmas: Chicken Soup for the Soul

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“The dynamics that are required to make any relationship work:
Just keep putting your love out there.” 

Everyone loves Christmas and the holiday season.  We love reuniting scattered family members, watching the wonder in the eyes of a child, and seeing the joy on the face of a gift giver.  The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our family lives.  We love the chance to gather with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days.

Christmas is a magical time of year — a time of family, friends, and traditions. Readers will revel in the 101 holiday stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic that spread the special joy, wonder, and blessings of the season with its tales of finding the perfect Christmas trees, being with family, seeing the awe in a child’s eyes, and enjoying the magic of the season

Rated 4.6@amazon.com

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Gotta keep it simple on this one of course

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Book Bean: Cuppa Chicken Noodle Soup

Here is a recipe for some amazing homemade Chicken soup, make a pot and savor a mug full while enjoying these amazing heartwarming stories.
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“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

Seventh Day of Christmas: The Snow Queen

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“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman;
don’t you see how strong that is? “

 The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Anderson

Of course this wintry weather and yesterdays book have me thinking of another Icy Noble Lady “The Snow Queen” Honestly, the whole HCA fairytale collection is a great thing to have on hand! Keep warm by the fire and enjoy this wintery tale, a look into the inspiration for Frozen.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

“Roses bloom and cease to be, but we shall the Christ-child see” 

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Cafe BookBean: Wintermint Mocha
downloadSteam milk of choice to desired temp. In a large mug pour milk over 2 real peppermints or approx half a candy cane candy (allow to melt while preparing tempered chocolate and espresso.) If you have peppermint extract you can use instead. Temper or Warm 1 oz of white chocolate, or use 1-2tbs white chocolate sauce, add in 1-2 espresso shots. Brew espresso, then add to mug. Top with whipped cream and sugar sprinkles.

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…” 
~Hans Christian AndersenThe Snow Queen

Six Day of Christmas: The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe

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Always winter but never Christmas.” 

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

I hope you are not sick of me mentioning this book yet. How could I not at Christmas time! This is one of my favorite books to read in general, but I especially love to read it at Christmas. It is a wonderful winterland story, that all ages will enjoy. I think it is a great book to read aloud in a group.

Rated: on amazon.com


“And Lucy felt running through her that deep shiver of gladness which you only get if you are being solemn and still. 

    “And now,” said Father Christmas, “for your presents.”

12 drinks of Christmas!

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Book Bean:
Gingerbread Steamer

Add hot milk and crushed gingerbread crumbs to blender, blend until frothy.  Sprinkle with nutmeg and/or cinnamon.

“I’ve come at last,” said he. “She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The Witch’s magic is weakening.” ~Father Christmas

Fifth Day of Christmas: Velveteen Rabbit

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“Real isn’t how you are made… It’s a thing that happens to you.”

The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams

This 1922 classic is getting a makeover for the holiday season with a beautiful new festive cover for Christmastime. This edition illustrated by picture book great Don Daily still tells the precious story of the little rabbit stuffed in a stocking as a present and his love for a boy.

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

the_velveteen_rabbit_shared_piece_1I adore this book! The quality of storytelling and charming characters captivate and move my spirit. The best part of the books is the parallel meaning in-between the lines. If you’ve read it, really read it, you know and appreciate what it is. This is a book everyone should have a chance to enjoy, both as a child and as an adult.

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept…”

Book Bean: Velvety Eggnog Mochababble-2-of-4.jpg
Your basic mocha but made with 1/3 parts eggnog 2/3 part milk (or to taste if like it extra sweet.) I also only use about half the amount of normal chocolate. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

“…Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off,
and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.

But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
~Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

 

Fourth Day of Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street

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“Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.”


Miracle on 34th Street
by Valentine Davies
You have probably all seen the movie, but it does not compare to the book (as usual.) I like the movie and actually the book is a nice extension of it. I was fortunate enough to have read it after the movie, which I think helps. It is a delightful book. The character of Kris Kringle is so enjoyable and jolly, you can’t help but love it. The story is wholesome and teaches us so many important lessons. If you have not read it, I urge you to do so, I think you will be happy you did.

Rated: 4.4 on amazon.com

“Well, this is the Imagination. And once you get there you can do almost anything you want.” 

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Book Bean: Candy Cane Cream
In a sauce pan heat up milk and vanilla extract. Add white chocolate and candy cane pieces (or candy cane Hershey kisses work marvelously.) Whisk together until smooth. d2bbd5ab8d46516ae7d69e94998c9279-edited
Add mixture to blender and blend until frothy. Add in a dollop of whip and blend (you can also whip up your own whip cream which is double delicious.) Serve with a candy cane to swirl in extra yum.

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to,” he replied. “And you’ve just got too much common sense.”
~Valentine DaviesMiracle on 34th Street