Sylvie Rosenberg escaped the holocaust—but can she escape the past?
Angela Martino is haunted by events from her childhood and struggles to resolve her guilt.
Can these two women from different generations reconcile their own turmoil—or pay the price of an even greater loss?
October 20, 1942. Benjamin Katz and his frightened family stand at the train station in occupied Holland, unsure if they would be taken to their freedom—or the death camp. Sylvie, his granddaughter, who was six years old at the time, would later recall the madness as they wondered if their desperate last minute escape would work. When the German officer received the order to allow the escape he said, “I would have much rather been given the order to kill all of you.”
Their entire art collection had long made them a prime target of Adolf Hitler and his greedy henchmen. Now they had one big trade—a Rembrandt in exchange for twenty-five lives.
Based on a true story, Rembrandt’s Shadow is the story of two women from different generations—each with their own distinct horrific memories—who find themselves at odds when forced to confront the here and now.
“…a moving story well-told of a family’s struggle to survive; a story of hope, redemption, family values, forgiveness and love—a poignant novel by a talented writer...it doesn't get any better than this.”
– Fern Michaels, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author
"...an affecting depiction of the horrors of the Dutch Holocaust and the effects of family secrets that can linger for generations."
– Publishers Weekly
“… a powerful, haunting story about love, sacrifice, and the rhapsodic draw of beauty, even for monsters. A moving rendering of a true story about an art dealer, both thrilling and historically fascinating.”
"The story of a Holocaust survivor trying to find peace by vanquishing her ghosts and embracing her rebellious son. Based on true events, Rembrandt's Shadow is both poignant and riveting."
– Elena Gorokhova, International Best Selling Author of A Mountain of Crumbs
“Filled with tragedy and mystery.... A compelling tale of loss, family secrets, and finally redemption... through this speckled darkness Berg bathes us in the light of what really matters—love.”
– Heather Dune Macadam, author of Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
"A striking riposte to the notion that the past should be forgiven and forgotten. Berg's story beautifully captures the generations through one family's amazing story."
– Christopher Santora, Trial Attorney, United Nations War Crimes Court for Sierra Leone
“A lovely, intimate gem of a story, about a young girl becoming a woman as her world crumbles around her, and the sacrifice of a father that will haunt her for the rest of her life, drawing on real-life events that occurred in the author’s family.”
– Anne-Marie O’Connor, award-winning author of The Lady in Gold, The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
"Rembrandt’s Shadow is a remarkable work of recommended historical fiction!"