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    Wissen ist macht Is there anyone who is truly as they appear In 1929, when Herta Heinrich Hetty was seven years old, she falls off a jetty into a lake while on a family outing Her older brother Karl s friend comes to the rescue, pulling Hetty from the water before she can drown I finally gather the courage to look directly at Walter His wavy blond hair is half dry, half wet He s saying something to Karl, but then he turns and looks at me an Wissen ist macht Is there anyone who is truly as they appear In 1929, when Herta Heinrich Hetty was seven years old, she falls off a jetty into a lake while on a family outing Her older brother Karl s friend comes to the rescue, pulling Hetty from the water before she can drown I finally gather the courage to look directly at Walter His wavy blond hair is half dry, half wet He s saying something to Karl, but then he turns and looks at me and his face breaks into a smile His eyes are the warmest, kindest blue The story picks up four years later, from which point we follow Hetty s travails from pre adolescence to early adulthood as Germany goes through a radical change Louise Fein image from her Twitter pix How could anyone possibly have supported Adolph Hitler What kind of monster must any supporter have been to go along with the rank madness of the Nazi Party One major element was the impact of relentless propaganda on impressionable minds My original plan had been to write the book from the Jewish experience But theI learned, theI wanted to understand the mindset of the Nazis How could a people, a deeply civilized, democratic nation, become so unbelievably cruel to de humanise one another, and commit atrocities on such an unimaginable scale TheI read, theI realised that what I wanted to say could perhaps bepowerfully told if I were to climb inside the head of a Nazi To tell the tale of someone young, who was fed a twisted ideology, taught hatred from day one Someone who knew no other way What could possibly change their outlook, when it went so against everything their family and the society around them believed from Why I Wrote This Book on Fein s website Hetty is molded by the messages that pervade her world We follow her through the stages of her exposure, both to the party messaging and, later, to alternate perspectives When she pets a neighbor s cute dog, her mother is horrified, warning her that she must not talk to those Dirty pigs, Jews Her father is an SS officer charged with using a local newspaper to spread propaganda Hetty does not really understand what this is about, but eventually Vati spells it out for her, there is no such thing as news per se News is power, wrapped in a message, presented, told and retold With this newspaper I have the power to put into the world what I want, and in the way I would have the masses understand Do you realize what supremacy, what authority that gives me It might remind folks of a quote from Roger Ailes, Truth is whatever people will believe. Nazi radio is de rigeur in the Heinrich household, with Hitler s speeches a major highlight Hetty has so incorporated the ethos of Hitler uber alles that she harbors an inner Fuhrer, a dark conscience of sorts, who speaks to her when she is faced with difficult choices This is heightened when she attends a major party event and sees Hitler himself It is very reminiscent of the Hitler projection in the film Jojo Rabbit Hetty s brother Karl is an eager member of the Hitler Jungen Hetty becomes a member of the BDM, or Bund Deutscher M del, The League of German Girls This is intended to mold young German females into compliant brood mares for the manufacture ofNazis, and supportive hausfraus for Nazi officers Not exactly what Hetty has in mind for her future Having helped her mother with a home for war veterans, she feels powerfully drawn to becoming a doctor The Nazi world is not receptive to such dreams, even if her motivation is to help the Reich Image from emaze.comHetty is no paragon She buys in to the insanity, behaving in ways that make us cringe But is this because she is a bad person, or because she doesn t know any better She is, after all, rather young But as events progress, she is exposed to alternate perspectives The major push in this direction is when she becomes reacquainted with her young savior, Walter, now a handsome young man Hetty had been smitten with Walter since that fateful day, and cannot accept that all the awful things she has been taught about Jews could possibly be true, given that Walter is Jewish Capulet, meet Montague, and the challenge is on What can one, or two people do when faced with such an overwhelmingly dark social force Her struggle, and education, intensify once they find each other, bolstered by her gaining the insight that knowledge is power I didn t set out to write a love story per se, but in thinking about what would change someone s thinking, when they had been so thoroughly and successfully groomed into the perfect Nazi, what could possibly change their mind Realistically, the answer had to be love from the BusyWords interviewHypocrisy is, of course, rampant, and Hetty begins to see past the images to the reality, both in people close to her and in the wider political context There are others for whom their fa ade is not of the two faced, hypocritical sort, but cover, necessary for survival Makes it tough to take anyone at face value, and very difficult to know who one can trust.The story is told in a linear narrative, from Hetty s point of view, no back and forth time jumps, and only occasional takes from other characters, via correspondence Fein gives Hetty a journal to ease the expression of thoughts and feelings her young heroine might have, but which would be tough to deliver in dialogue We get a feel for the time and place, see some of the nuts and bolts of how extremist racist views are promoted and then implemented in the real world References are made to the camps, but we are spared the worst of that Krystallnacht, and the planning that lead up to it, are shown with chilling effectiveness Local residents watch the burning of the ceremonial hall at the Jewish cemetery in Graz during Kristallnacht the Night of Broken Glass Graz, Austria, November 9 10, 1938 image from History CollectionFein has a personal connection to the story He father was a German Jew from Leipzig I always wanted to write something about my father s background because I knew so little about it He died when I was seventeen and I never really got a chance to speak with him about it from her People Like Us book launch videoWhile she knew that she wanted to write a book of fiction, she also had to do considerable research to get the details of the place and time right Street names, for instance, often changed within the timeframe of the novel I had the benefit of a large collection of family papers, including contemporaneous diaries, photos, letters, official documents etc, all of which are now lodged with the University of Sussex s Centre of German Jewish Studies This was a rich resource of contemporaneous lives, told in the raw, with no benefit of hindsight, no retrospective view through the filter of history from the BusyWords interviewA particular theme that comes through is the powerless of women It was very clear that even if Hetty loved and admired Hitler, and wanted to serve the nation, there were only certain sorts of services that were available to her This is also reflected in her dealings with male peers, including her brother, who tend to dismiss her opinions and perceptions as delusional But some people find ways to get around the craziness The relationships she has are complicated, with her mother, with her friend Erna, a male friend who becomes a suitor, with Walter, and with the family staff These were handled quite well, making Hetty a believable character, and farthan a BDM Stepford teen Her growth and education are credible, as is her susceptibility to massive, pervasive, evil propaganda The portrayals of males, per se, in the book seemedblack and white ish, than those of the females, who werefully realized And, of course, the romance is both wonderful and fraught The book is a bit long but reads fast, so don t be put off by that In short, Daughter of the Reich is a marvelous, moving account of a relatable, vulnerable person during a period of great upheaval and madness, a young woman coming of age in a dark time It offers a first person look at the events of the 1930s, without the hindsight with which we now see that era It is deeply moving, as well as disturbing, reminding us just how the forces of darkness go about turning off all the lights, in history and today It is a lesson worth remembering, and Hetty s story the sorrows of young Herta helps keep that lesson brightly lit in our minds.Review posted May 22, 2020Publication date May 12, 2020 US hardcoverThe novel is titled People Like Us in the UK, Australia and NZ and as De Dochter van De Nazi in The Netherlands EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesInterviews Author Stories Episode 877 Louise Fein Interview by Hank Garner audio 27 59 begin at 2 30 Busywords Meet Louise Fein by Edward James Virtual launch event Part 2 Louise Fein Daughter of the Reich with Meg Waite ClaytonItems of Interest A brief video intro to the book by the author Louise Fein s People Like Us Book Launch video 59 45 start at 14 00 Louise Fein Why I Wrote This Book from her website Yad Vashem From the Testimony of Hillel Shechter about Jewish Life in Leipzig During the 1930 s The League of German Girls E maze a slideshow on The Hitler Youth


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    How was it possible for Hitler to lure masses of people to follow his extreme views After WWI, the Treaty of Versailles forced Germans to pay war reparations, which had crushing effects on economy and humiliating effects on patriotic Germans Hitler, a mesmerizing public speaker, blamed all bad things on Jews and communist minorities, claiming they were trying to take over the world With worldwide economic depression and high unemployment, he put blame on the ineffectiveness of democratic gove How was it possible for Hitler to lure masses of people to follow his extreme views After WWI, the Treaty of Versailles forced Germans to pay war reparations, which had crushing effects on economy and humiliating effects on patriotic Germans Hitler, a mesmerizing public speaker, blamed all bad things on Jews and communist minorities, claiming they were trying to take over the world With worldwide economic depression and high unemployment, he put blame on the ineffectiveness of democratic government, thus calling for a New Order, promising to restore prosperity for all with no class divisions Most of this story is set within the two years preceding WWII, giving a glimpse into how humans in dire situation can be manipulated and pushed into doing atrocities The story is set in Leipzig and begins in 1933, quickly moving to 1937, giving a glimpse at what is happening in Germany during those years Hetty s family has just moved to a new big house, where previous tenants left their furniture and artwork She is almost twelve years old Her father is a high ranking SS officer and she doesn t understand what is happening She just knows that they don t go to church any longer as Herr Himmler wouldn t like it She dreams of being a doctor and now to her surprise she finds out that as a woman she can t be a doctor, rather she needs to learn obedience and concentrate on home things As Hitler promises a brilliant future with nopoverty noclass divisions Just one, great, unified nation which will be the envy of all the world Those who refuse to join SA recruitment go hungry, because they lose current jobs and can t get another one Those who are unwanted get charged with false crimes and are being convicted.At schools, talks of population projections take big part A population of the best the fittest, bravest, most beautiful, cleverest, and robust The epitome of Darwin s theory A people who will be superior in every way and who must spread their influence throughout the world A newspaper, is a powerful weapon it is our duty to shape the opinion of the masses and ensure the Fatherland s values and best interests are always in the forefront of people s minds Hetty almost at the age of sixteen still struggles to make sense of this all Her brother s best friend, Walter, got shunned and she secretly is in love with him He paints a touching picture for her what it means to be German He paints a straightforward picture for her how differently Jews are being treated, pretty much cornered and left without provisions for livelihood When she still struggles, he challenges her and her beliefs He encourages her to be whatever she wants to be and not to follow others directions who limit her position in society and not expect to use her mind He tells her of other countries where she can study medicine as a woman She slowly starts realizing that there is another side to this story, to the world that has surrounded her It takes Hetty time to mature, but giving the circumstances she is a believable character This story brings a vivid portrayal of distraction of lives, of feeding lies one thing being said when in reality opposite is being done of feeding hatred that pushes one man to commit horrible atrocities against another man that is even unbearable to think about Engagingly written It is a heartbreaking story with a very poignant message How could a people, a deeply civilized, democratic nation, become so unbelievably cruel to de humanise one another, and commit atrocities on such an unimaginable scale Don t take your freedom and rights for granted and don t let it slip away from you Learn the lessons of the past.Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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    Daughter of the Reich takes place in Germany during the 1930 s, life is good for the Heinrich family and they have just moved into a beautiful house in Leipzig Hetty s father is a busy man, Hetty, her mother and her brother Karl don t question what the head of the household is up to, he works hard for their family and very long days.Hetty attends school at the local gymnasium, here she s taught what every teenage German girl needs to know, the curriculum has been changed and it s all about maki Daughter of the Reich takes place in Germany during the 1930 s, life is good for the Heinrich family and they have just moved into a beautiful house in Leipzig Hetty s father is a busy man, Hetty, her mother and her brother Karl don t question what the head of the household is up to, he works hard for their family and very long days.Hetty attends school at the local gymnasium, here she s taught what every teenage German girl needs to know, the curriculum has been changed and it s all about making Germany great again and they re being brainwashed Hetty starts to have doubts, she maybe a spoiled teenage girl, but she can t understand why Jewish people are being treated so badly and she knows some nice Jewish families Hetty almost drowned when she was eight her brother s best friend Walter saved her and he is Jewish But Karl, cuts all ties with Walter, his childhood friend is shunned and he s no longer welcome at their house Hetty also learns the shocking truth about her father s job he s working for the SS and how he obtained the house the family is living in The brown shirts start targeting innocent Jewish people, including children and older people Their property is taken from them, they are bashed in the street, publicly humiliated, charged a fortune to try to get a passport and to leave the country It s very interesting to read about the German perspective as they head towards fighting in another world war, its scary what they think is necessary and right.Hitler had a plan for human progression, it s not just Jewish people he wanted to eliminate, he wanted to create a super race, of pure Aryan blood, he believed this will stop crime, hereditary diseases, insanity and create scientific advancement Hetty is horrified to discover her father also believes this, he thinks Hetty should marry a German man and produce perfect blond haired blue eyed pure Aryan babies.Hetty has major issues with what her father wants her to do, she hopes to finish school and dreams of being a doctor, she doesn t want to be used as a German brood mare and she has fallen in love with Walter, he is of course Jewish and every time they meet they risk being arrested.I couldn t stop reading Daughter of The Reich, the book is very different to other WW II historical fiction I have read and I really liked it The story is about two young people trying to go against the Nazi tide, finding the courage to keep going as they fight to survive and try desperately to be together I gave the book five starts, I have shared my review on Goodreads,Australia, Kobo, Edelweiss, Twitter and my blog


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    Audiobook, synced ebook..audio narrated by Marisa Catlin she does a great job Debut Pre WWII historical fiction novel.1930 s Nazi Germany war threats on the rise 560 pages or 14 hrs and 52 minutes long as an audiobook This story was inspired by the author s family.Hetty Heinrich is German Walter Keller is Jewish Forbidden love is on the rise Sappy, readable.mostly predictable, with a couple of tidbit surprises hundreds of books are similar Audiobook, synced ebook..audio narrated by Marisa Catlin she does a great job Debut Pre WWII historical fiction novel.1930 s Nazi Germany war threats on the rise 560 pages or 14 hrs and 52 minutes long as an audiobook This story was inspired by the author s family.Hetty Heinrich is German Walter Keller is Jewish Forbidden love is on the rise Sappy, readable.mostly predictable, with a couple of tidbit surprises hundreds of books are similar painful experiences, people suffered, horrific atrocities, with an emotional ending but it feels like we ve read this exact story many times however.I felt the sappy, happy, sad, sad, happy ending as much as the next reader I wasn t completely a cold turd The epilogue was affecting with a little punch to to gut which could create teary eyes in many the writing was a little flowery and the plot lines cliche the romance desperation was a little trite and overdone THAT SAID..The subject was sad a Nazi Germany story is stamped with official sadness.based on a true story So my appreciation for the author is there, too The storytelling had high moments and mediocre moments If you LOVED The Nightingale , by Kristen Hannah and enjoyed Hannah s writing.then you ll probably love this book, too Butif things bothered you in Hannah s book, like exaggeration melodramathen this book might feel like a style re visit when reading Daughter of The Reich Please note I didn t hate this novel I can understand readers engrossed transported engaged and moved.invested in the characters lives, their trial and tribulations rooting for their survival and happiness I did a little of these things tooBut I admit to being a little jaded It took too long to tell a story of which 80% I ve read dozens plus times before even from the point of view being German as opposed to being Jewish not a first pony ride In the hands of the right reader this book will be 5 stars 3.5 to a slim 4 star rating, from me


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    This is the second book I ve read in recent months that is set in the pre World War II time period of the 1930s in Germany, during which Hitler rose to power and Nazism infiltrated every part of the country Though set in a similar time period, the angle that this book explores is markedly different The story is told from the perspective of Hetty Heinrich, who, as the daughter of a high ranking SS officer, was raised to be the perfect German citizen pure in lineage, patriotic, fiercely loyal This is the second book I ve read in recent months that is set in the pre World War II time period of the 1930s in Germany, during which Hitler rose to power and Nazism infiltrated every part of the country Though set in a similar time period, the angle that this book explores is markedly different The story is told from the perspective of Hetty Heinrich, who, as the daughter of a high ranking SS officer, was raised to be the perfect German citizen pure in lineage, patriotic, fiercely loyal to Hitler and the Nazi ideology he espoused As a dutiful daughter of the Thousand Year Reich, Hetty is prepared to do her part that is, until one day when she is accidentally reunited with Walter Keller, an estranged childhood friend who had saved her from drowning when she was seven years old To Hetty, Walter is perfect in every way except for the fact that he is Jewish, and also, as Hetty slowly starts to realize, he goes against every belief she had previously been taught The two of them end up falling in love and gradually, Hetty realizes everything she thought she understood about her family and country were actually lies, which ignites in her the will to fight against them When the tides of anti semitism in Germany escalate to the point where Walter s mere existence is put into question, Hetty is faced with the ultimate decision to try and save him at all costs.As is expected when reading historical fiction, the feeling of being transported to a different time and place is one of the things I always look out for, which in this story worked really well This book s strongest element though is in the area of character development We first meet Hetty when she is 7 years old and subsequently follow her development through her teenage years, but what stands out the most is her feisty personality and strong willed nature Hetty is a character who both enthralls and frustrates in equal measure, which I guess is what makes her such an interesting character Given the historical context, books set against the backdrop of Nazi rule going into World War II are rarely ever easy reads and of course, this book was no exception The sections that described the brutalities inflicted upon Jews and others who were considered enemies of the regime were difficult to read, yet I understand why such details were necessary to the story With that said though, I also felt the writing was a bit uneven in certain areas the narrative was told entirely from Hetty s first person perspective, yet some sections were descriptive to the point that it didn t seem to match the voice I also felt the story dragged a bit in the earlier chapters and it wasn t until around the halfway mark that the story became muchengaging though with that said, for me at least, the last section of the book was the strongest in terms of plot, character, and emotional nuance Despite some issues with pacing and flow, this was a good story overall, and definitely a worthy entry into the canon of WWII era fiction, in my opinion Over the years, I ve heard many people complain about the over saturation of WWII era novels in the market and while I agree for the most part, I also feel it s extremely important for these stories to continue to be told, if anything, to serve as a lesson for us and future generations, that history cannot be forgotten Received ARC from William Morrow HarperCollins via Bookbrowse First Impressions program


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    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway Thank you to William Morrow This was a really good book It is about the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer during WW2 Hetty Heinrich knows only what she s been brought up to believe, which is idolizing Hitler and believing in his hatred of the Jews She falls in love with a Jewish boy who is a friend of her brothers In time her brother walks away from the friendship with the boy but Hetty loves him She realizes that she does not agree with ever I won this book in a goodreads giveaway Thank you to William Morrow This was a really good book It is about the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer during WW2 Hetty Heinrich knows only what she s been brought up to believe, which is idolizing Hitler and believing in his hatred of the Jews She falls in love with a Jewish boy who is a friend of her brothers In time her brother walks away from the friendship with the boy but Hetty loves him She realizes that she does not agree with everything her father stands for If you like historical fiction about WW2 I highly recommend this book


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    Hetty Heinrich is the daughter of a high ranking SS officer, her mother and older brother Karl have just moved from a flat to a three story house with a garden She is loyal to her family and to Hitler, as she has been bought up to be a good German girl.When Hetty was 7 she nearly drowned, Karl s best friend Walter rescued her but he is a Jew and is considered a second class citizen who they should not mix with.Hetty meets up with Walter years later and is instantly attracted to him, but their r Hetty Heinrich is the daughter of a high ranking SS officer, her mother and older brother Karl have just moved from a flat to a three story house with a garden She is loyal to her family and to Hitler, as she has been bought up to be a good German girl.When Hetty was 7 she nearly drowned, Karl s best friend Walter rescued her but he is a Jew and is considered a second class citizen who they should not mix with.Hetty meets up with Walter years later and is instantly attracted to him, but their relationship is one that has to be kept secret Hetty starts to doubt all that she had been bought up to believe How can her love for Walter be a sin just because he is a Jew With the Jews being rounded up and sent to concentration camps she knows she will have to save Walter.This is such an emotional book, the story comes to life and I actually felt the fear every time Hetty and Walter met up, scared that they would be punished for their actions A must read book that will capture you re heart Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review


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    Based on a true story Hetty is the daughter of a high ranking SS officer Walter is a Jew and their neighbour This story starts when Walter and Holly were innocent children and Walter had rescued Hetty from drowning Then the Nazt regime begins and friendship had turned to forbidden live Her brother is in the Luftwaffe Hetty was a member of the BMD.This is a story of love, sorrow, confusion, anger and frustration and I felt everyone of them along with Hetty German students were brainwashed Based on a true story Hetty is the daughter of a high ranking SS officer Walter is a Jew and their neighbour This story starts when Walter and Holly were innocent children and Walter had rescued Hetty from drowning Then the Nazt regime begins and friendship had turned to forbidden live Her brother is in the Luftwaffe Hetty was a member of the BMD.This is a story of love, sorrow, confusion, anger and frustration and I felt everyone of them along with Hetty German students were brainwashed into believing the life they were to lead I enjoyed reading this from the point of view of a German character through pre war to post war and the struggles she found herself going through Reading this story brought tears to my eyes You must read the authors note as it brings to life the story of her own past.I would like to thank NetGalley, Aria and the author Louise Fein for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


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    People Like us or Daughter of the Reich in some markets by Louise Fein is the heartbreaking story of a love affair between a Nazi girl and a Jewish boy, set in the backdrop of the event of Kristellnacht in the town of Leipzig in Nazi Germany.The story is narrated by a girl, the protagonist, who is born to a high ranking member of the Schutzstaffel As expected, she is fed anti Semitic views since birth But when she falls in love with a Jew, she really understands the motives of the Nazis and People Like us or Daughter of the Reich in some markets by Louise Fein is the heartbreaking story of a love affair between a Nazi girl and a Jewish boy, set in the backdrop of the event of Kristellnacht in the town of Leipzig in Nazi Germany.The story is narrated by a girl, the protagonist, who is born to a high ranking member of the Schutzstaffel As expected, she is fed anti Semitic views since birth But when she falls in love with a Jew, she really understands the motives of the Nazis and their inhuman ideology Thus begins the transformation of a young Nazi mind and its ability to see right from wrong.With a very clear message of never forgetting the lessons we have learned from history, this book is a must read, especially in the current scenario when the world is again witnessing similar situations of false sense of nationalism leading the youth to believe in fake promises and blaming the minorities for anything and everything.Thanks to the author and the publisher for the ARC.Verdict Highly recommended


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    I did enjoy the novel, but I broke my arm and shoulder and I m not capable of writing a review at the moment.


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Daughter of the Reich For Fans Of The Nightingale And All The Light We Cannot See, A Spellbinding Story Of Impossible Love Set Against The Backdrop Of The Nazi RegimeAs The Dutiful Daughter Of A High Ranking Nazi Officer, Hetty Heinrich Is Keen To Play Her Part In The Glorious New Thousand Year Reich But She Never Imagines That All She Believes And Knows About Her World Will Come Into Stark Conflict When She Encounters Walter, A Jewish Friend From The Past, Who Stirs Dangerous Feelings In Her Confused And Conflicted, Hetty Doesn T Know Whom She Can Trust And Where She Can Turn To, Especially When She Discovers That Someone Has Been Watching HerRealizing She Is Taking A Huge Risk But Unable To Resist The Intense Attraction She Has For Walter She Embarks On A Secret Love Affair With Him Together, They Dream About When The War Will Be Over And Plan For Their Future But As The Rising Tide Of Anti Semitism Threatens To Engulf Them, Hetty And Walter Will Be Forced To Take Extreme MeasuresWill The Steady March Of Dark Forces Destroy Hetty S Universe Or Can Love Ultimately Triumph Propulsive, Deeply Affecting, And Inspired By The Author S Family History, Daughter Of The Reich Is A Mesmerizing Page Turner Filled With Vivid Characters And A Meticulously Researched Portrait Of Nazi Germany In This Riveting Story Of Passion, Courage And Morality, Louise Fein Introduces A Bold Young Woman Determined To Tread The Treacherous Path Of Survival And Freedom, Showing Readers The Strength In The Power Of Love And Reminding Us That The Past Must Never Be Forgotten