“The Book of Lost Names” is a moving historical fiction written by Kristin Harmel about a Jewish family living in France during German occupation during World War II. The novel was inspired by an astonishing true story.
Eva Traube and her mother flee Paris after her father is apprehended and German SS officers search for her and her mother. After fleeing Paris, her mother and Eva find a small mountain town in the Free Zone en route to Switzerland. When she is taken in by a boarding home, she finds a secret network of forgers creating false documents and travel papers to help smuggle Jews out of France to safety in Switzerland.
The story is part thriller, part romance with the backdrop of the brutal Nazi regime menacing them at every turn. This was a wonderful story of resistance and survival under the most trying circumstances.