Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust

Restitution: A family's fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust


By Kathy Kacer


Europe, on the eve of the Second World War, and a Jewish family feels the Nazi danger closing in...

Led by their indomitable mother, Marie, the Reesers make a daring escape from under the watchful eyes of the Gestapo, fleeing their comfortable home in Czechoslovakia to safety and a new life in Canada. Their lives are saved, but all else is lost, including four beautiful and valuable paintings that Marie loved.

In all the years that follow, she never gives up hope that the paintings will be found and returned—symbols of their vanished world. The search to reclaim these pieces of their lost legacy spans more than fifty years of war and political upheaval. Marie and her son Karl would face Nazis and Communists, prejudice and corruption, before enlisting the help of two unlikely saviors—a brave Canadian diplomat and an honest smuggler—in the struggle for their return. The true story of four paintings and one family’s enduring spirit.

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About the Author

Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 1, 2010

  • $19.95 Paperback

  • 280 Pages

  • 5.5" x 8.5"

  • Adult Nonfiction

  • ISBN: 9781897187753


Praise for Restitution

"... a riveting saga... Kacer skillfully pushes boundaries to provide a hybrid offering, hovering between memoir and fiction, heavily laced with meticulously researched historical data while unfolding a spectacularly gut-wrenching detective yarn, replete with inspiring characters." - The Globe and Mail

"Rich in historical and cultural detail, this arresting story is a triumph of hope over despair, tenacity over evil." - Canadian Jewish News

"[Kacer's] approach exemplifies the demands of historical writing, as well as the ability to educate while offering a thoughtful and suspenseful narrative." - Canadian Literature