From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine
By Alexandro Modena
Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411
978-1944297022, $ 14.95, 2016, 120 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Important Lessons Learned During the Hard Times
Alexandro Modena captures the essence of the adversities he and his family faced while existing in poverty at a time when Jews, Arabs, and Christians lived together in Palestine, when the cultures were changing and during a time the country was occupied by the British Army.
Modena’s memoir “From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine” focuses on his values and perceptions he learned as a fourth grader under the tutelage of Mr. Cohen, the only male teacher in his elementary school.
These observations are narrated by Alex voice expressed form a 10 year old’s perception level, but with amazing insight. Each chapter details an experience revealing his progress and development as seen through his: improved grades, confidence, self-esteem, and lessons learned about genuine friendship, envy, greed, forgiveness, and deception. Alex recorded these lessons in a special journal that ended with a short poignant summary statement.
Preteens, teens, and adults will benefit from reading “From the Heart” a heart touching real life story modeling good citizenship, establishing genuine friendships, and living as a community. A fast moving story told with pathos, including Alex’s personal setbacks, and victories.
“From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine” is timely reading for today’s challenges, ideal for opening family discussions with contemporary applications. Highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my onw.