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By Ayelet Waldman

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In 1945, at the outskirts of Salzburg, American squaddies find a educate full of unspeakable riches: gold watches and marriage ceremony earrings, photograph frames and Shabbat candlesticks.  Jack Wiseman is the lieutenant tasked with guarding this treasure within the chaotic aftermath of war—a accountability that grows extra complex while he meets Ilona, a fierce, appealing Hungarian girl who has misplaced every little thing within the ravages of the Holocaust.
 
Seventy years later, amid the shadowy global of paintings buyers who revenue off the sins of earlier generations, Jack supplies a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and costs her with returning it to its proprietor. And as Natalie searches for the lady whose portrait and unknown destiny have come to hang-out her, she is going to come to appreciate the key her grandfather took to his grave.

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Dalia acknowledged, “It’s beautiful. outdated. ” Natalie reached over and sprang the invisible seize. The locket opened, revealing the tiny picture inside. Dalia bent over and peered at it, pinched the bridge of her nostril, seemed back. “Is it Gizella? yet she’s so younger! So attractive. ” She cupped the locket in her fingers, like a drop of necessary water on a burning simple, watching the picture. “We have just a couple of images from this time, you recognize? so much have been misplaced within the conflict. Oh, my God. My God. ” She wiped tears from her eyes. “I want my grandfather was once alive to work out this photo. I want Gizella used to be alive! Or Gitl, the youngest sister. anyone of them. ” “I’m so sorry,” Natalie acknowledged. Dalia stated, “Wait, i'll exhibit you extra photos. there's one the place Gizella seems to be a little bit older than this. ” A hallway attached the kitchen to the lounge, and from the wall of this hallway, the place it hung surrounded via dozens of others, Dalia got rid of a photo. It was once the 5 Weisz sisters, posed in rows, the 3 in entrance on diminutive stools, the 2 within the rear on typical chairs. “Okay, so this”—Dalia pointed to at least one of the sisters within the back—“she is Bluma, the eldest. And subsequent to her is Frieda. at the backside is Judit, within the center Gitl, and subsequent to her, see? Gizella! ” It used to be unmistakably an identical girl. The 5 sisters have been wearing exact light-colored robes. Judit wore a choker of pearls, Bluma’s palms and fingers have been embellished with jewelry and bracelets, and Frieda and Gitl wore necklaces of darkish beads. Gizella, on my own between them, wore no jewellery, and she or he on my own had brief hair, bobbed to her chin. “This different girl on your picture,” Dalia stated. “Who is she? ” “A good friend of Gizella’s. It’s her locket, we predict. ” throughout Dalia’s face handed the glance of a lady mentally crumpling a lottery price tag and tossing it apart. “So now not my aunt’s. That’s too undesirable. ” Amitai requested, “Did Gizella discuss any distinctive acquaintances from her adolescence? This younger lady, her identify used to be Nina Einhorn. Nina Schillinger, ahead of she married. ” “I don’t take note Gizella declaring any distinct good friend. yet she used to be a truly social individual, you recognize? She went with loads of golf equipment. Socialist membership, bridge membership, making a song membership. continually with the golf equipment. ” She peered back on the photo within the locket. “What is written the following? at the posters? ” Natalie acknowledged, “They’re status in entrance of the most corridor of a large overseas women’s suffrage congress that was once happening in Budapest. Gizella used to be the non-public secretary of a girl named Rózsa Schwimmer, a recognized Hungarian suffragette and feminist, one of many organizers of the congress. ” Dalia smiled. “Yes! certain, I have in mind my grandfather informed me a narrative approximately this. Gizella moved through herself to Budapest. you know, this was once a major scandal. For a tender lady, a dwarf, to depart domestic like this? surprising, you recognize? but if she was once younger, Gizella used to be a feminist, very autonomous. In Budapest she received in a few hassle, probably a guy, I don’t understand, and he or she got here again in shame. ” Amitai and Natalie exchanged a look.

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