The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

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The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke is a Christian historical novel set in Poland during World War II. The foundations of the story are factual. Using Cathy Gohlke’s creative imagination a fictional story has been woven around the facts. It is a powerful story that will consume the reader. It tears at your emotions as we see the very worst of humanity and the very best.

The story surrounds two couples – one couple are Polish Jews, the other is a Polish pilot and his English wife. The  novel is set mainly in Poland and closely follows all of the characters.

The reader sees the terrible conditions faced by all Poles but especially the Polish Jews who are herded into the Warsaw ghetto. As “the noose tightens day by day”, the question was asked “where was the world?” It seemed that Poland had been abandoned and no one cared.

It was a time of great fear and mistrust as evil reigned. Neighbours spied on each other. A few brave souls did what they could to hide the Jewish people. With no thought for their own safety, homes were opened to strangers. When asked “ ‘Why does he do it?’… ‘Because that is what Jesus did, and what He wants us to do.’ “ With Jesus as their role model, some brave souls gave their all.

The reader ‘sees’ inside the Warsaw ghetto and the surrounding streets. Some of the most harrowing scenes in the novel were set in the forest and factually based. “Hope kept them going through each vile and gruesome workday.”

The novel is set in two parts – the war years and afterwards. Lives torn apart had to learn to live again.

As a modern reader we really have no idea just what the people went through in WWII in order to survive. We have no experience of hunger and terror and cold. Cathy Gohlke has tried to recreate the atmosphere – the terror, despair and the holding on to hope – and she has done a marvellous job.

The Medallion is not a pleasant or easy read but it is a necessary one. We owe it to the six million innocents who perished to keep their memory alive and to tell subsequent generations of the evil and the horrors faced daily. Thank you Cathy Gohlke for writing such a powerful story.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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About the Book

Book: The Medallion

Author: Cathy Gohlke

Genre: Historical Fiction (World War II)

Release date: June 4, 2019

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For fans of bestselling World War II fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.

Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen—Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.

Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war—if any of them survive—is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

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About the Author

Cathy Golke

Three-time Christy and two-time Carol and INSPY Award–winning and bestselling author Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, speaking of world and life events through the lens of history. She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks.

More from Cathy

Every story begins with a journey. Sharing that journey is twice the joy.

The Medallion was inspired by two true stories—the first was the WWII account of Itzhak Dugin and his Jewish family, persecuted in Lithuania. Their heart-wrenching story made world news when the tunnel from which Itzhak escaped the Nazis was discovered using modern technology.

The second was the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker within Żegota (an underground Polish Council to Aid Jews), who developed a network to rescue children. Despite terrible risks, they smuggled 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and certain death at the hands of the Nazis, then hid them in Polish homes, convents, churches and hospitals until the end of the war. Approximately 2,000 of those children were found after the war. Theories abound regarding the whereabouts of those missing. I couldn’t help but wonder, and imagine: What became of those 400 to 500 missing children? What became of one?

Set in WWII Poland and post-war England, The Medallion is a story of courage, sacrifice, love, forgiveness and redemption.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e50c/the-medallion-celebration-tour-giveaway

9 thoughts on “The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

  1. I am really looking forward to reading this book. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I love reading reading books about the history of WWII. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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