The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice

The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice

"Evocative, and inspiring ... So much more than a true crime." - Steve Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of NO STONE UNTURNED

After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust – in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps – a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.

That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary. Poking around the dark crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate’s contents – or how the peace and tranquility of their lives would be shattered.

Now, their daughter, Deborah Vadas Levison, an award-winning journalist, tells the extraordinary account of her parents' ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives. Written in searing, lyrical prose, THE CRATE: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice examines man’s seemingly limitless capacity for evil... but also, his capacity for good.

Title:The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice
ISBN:9781947290693
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    The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice Reviews

  • Valerity (Val)

    A very well told story about a family’s lake cottage in Canada- their peaceful getaway from the workaday world that they’ve made for themselves, after starting over in Canada once surviving the Ho...

  • Sharon Hart-Green

    I found this memoir to be a thoroughly engaging read, and was hooked after the first page or two. In fact, I read the entire book in two or three sittings. The author deftly manages to tell two storie...

  • Margaret Sankey

    Vadas' parents were Hungarian Jews who escaped the Holocaust as young adults, then fled Communist Hungary with the author's elder brother in a backpack. Their carefully insulated community of friends,...

  • Bev Walkling

    4.5 stars (rounded up to 5)Thank you to #NetGalley, the author and publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.First of all, I felt very honoured to be able to read a copy of thi...

  • Fishface

    I really, really loved this book...This is not one, but a collection of powerful crime stories, braided together by coincidence, chaos or fate into the author's life. We not only see the progress of a...

  • Good Book Fairy

    4The Crate is a beautifully written true story written by the daughter of Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivors. This read was not what I initially expected. The title can be misleading, because the st...

  • Marilyn

    The Crate: A Story of War, A Murder, and Justice by Deborah Vadas Levison was two stories linked together by family, love and understanding. I have to admit that it was a little confusing when I first...

  • Shayla

    This is a fascinating story, well actually several fascinating stories, all woven together quite seamlessly through Deborah Vadas Levison's narration and her need for self-discovery. While uncovering ...

  • Jennifer Passaretti

    Wonderful story. I started reading this because it was recommended by a friend and I wasn’t disappointed. True story that was written by the daughter of Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivors. The mys...

  • Steve Jackson

    This is not your typical true crime book. The author weaves the story of her parents' experiences as Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust with what happens when a body is found on their property on a C...