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March 1944: War's darkest period descends upon Hungary's Jews. By the time it ends in January 1945, over half a million Jews will have been murdered. Gratitude tells the story of that period, through the eyes of the wealthy Beck family, whose lives and loves are saved and lost. At the center of it all is Paul Beck, a young lawyer whose chance meeting with a visiting Swede, Raoul Wallenberg, may alter the inevitability of the Jews' fate. Joseph Kertes's Gratitude captures forever the pain and passion of one's family precious moment in time.
Praise for Gratitude
"Kertes leavens the grim material with a few lighter scenes of the Becks trying to make the most of a horrible situation, which goes a long way to making them an endearing and memorable group, while the author's straightforward style moves the story along at a healthy clip." - Publishers Weekly
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About the author
JOSEPH KERTES was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. The founder of Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs, he is currently Humber's dean of creative and performing arts. He is the author of the novel Gratitude.