The Silver Music Box

The Silver Music Box A captivating cross generational novel from German author Mina Baites about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance with the power to bring them back together For Paul with lo

  • Title: The Silver Music Box
  • Author: Mina Baites Alison Layland
  • ISBN: 9781542048484
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • A captivating cross generational novel from German author Mina Baites about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance with the power to bring them back together.1914 For Paul, with love Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box He crafted this treasure fA captivating cross generational novel from German author Mina Baites about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance with the power to bring them back together.1914 For Paul, with love Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box He crafted this treasure for his young son before leaving to fight in a terrible war to honor his beloved country a country that would soon turn against his own family.A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents Though the silver is tarnished and dented, this much loved treasure is also a link to an astonishing past With the keepsake is a letter from Lilian s mother, telling her daughter for the first time that she was adopted Too young to remember, Lilian was rescued from a Germany in the grips of the Holocaust Now only she can trace what happened to a family who scattered to the reaches of the world, a family forced to choose between their heritage and their dreams for the future.

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  • Mina Baites Alison Layland

    Mina Baites alias Iris Klockmann is a born storyteller.As a little child she entertained her family with childish adventures and could not wait to read and write on her own At the age of seven she read so many books that she nearly exasperated her parents.However, it was only many years later that she had the space and the time to write down all her uncountable ideas At that time she already had children of her own and made up bed time stories.Her daughters were extremely excited because their mother s talent and passion will not go to waste.The succesful writer has been publishing comtemporary and historical novels for ten years now Two short stories were published in the United States by Dover Publications, New York.

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  • 3.5 When choosing to read a book about the Nazis and the Holocaust, one knows they are opening themselves up to some of the darkest days in history. Yet, if the word gentle, could be applied to any book that touches on this subject, this is the one. The focus is on one Jewish family, the Blumenthals. The men Jewelers by trade, and the events that touch them are unveiled gently, with much of the focus on the Germans who were their friends, and others who went out of their way, at great risk to th [...]


  • 4.5 starsThe Silver Music Box is one of the best Kindle First books I have read. I started it this morning when I had a little free time and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. The book is beautifully written – it was originally written in German and then translated into English so occasionally a turn of phrase or expression is a little unusual but that didn’t impact the story one bit. The tale starts out slowly but really picks up about a third of the way in.The silver music box [...]


  • This book is just amazing and one of the best I've read it a long time!~ Very hard to put down!There are a lot of characters in the book and they are listed in the front of the book and I found that to be very hopeful. The book starts in 1914 and father Johann Blumenthal creates a silver music box for his young son to remember him by when he goes to fight in the German WWI . The silver music box is at the heart of the tale and the book follows 3 generations of the family through heartwarming tim [...]


  • Visit the locations in the novel - Lubeck and HamburgA story that sings and soars like the bird of the bird box. It’s made by a Jewish jeweller for his little son before the father volunteers for WWI to show he is a good German. This war story, is unlike any other in that it looks at the Jewish people and how they helped and worked hard for their country, helped others less fortunate and wanted to play their part in the war. It’s a poignant story and one where you gasp in hope one moment, cr [...]


  • I guess I could consider this a page turner if I meant I found myself turning the pages rapidly without reading predictable paragraphs. I found it more like a journal than an novel. I realized last night that i was reading it just to have something to read while riding my stationary bike to nowhere. I'm abandoning it without finding out why the author chose this title.


  • If there was ever a "gentle" book about war (two wars, actually, The Great War and World War II), this is it. An uplifting book about war? This is it. I read it with my 11-year-old granddaughter. Tragedies. Horrible tragedies. But the book exudes such hope throughout. I will not spoil the ending because everything does not turn out for the best but it does turn out better than hoped or expected. And the centerpiece is a small, bird-shaped music box made by a Jewish jeweler for his little son bef [...]


  • I thought this book was pretty good, up until the last section. It's in three parts, WWI, the years leading to WWII and the 1960s. The story of the Bluementhal family in the first two parts shows real people and issues. When we get to the third generation it's like the author rushed through and Lillian comes across as a shallow woman, and while she changes her mind, it's not done well enough to make you see any growth.



  • I was disappointed in this book. In fairness to the author, I'm always a bit hesitant to criticize a work in a translation. Some examples: the translation of The Solitude of Prime Numbers was superb (I do read French and some Italian); there is a world of difference between the original, very stilted Charles Archer translation of Nobelist Sigrid Undset's magnificent Kristin Lavransdatter and the later quite wonderful one of Tiina Nunnally. I have read that the English translation of Stieg Larsso [...]


  • So eine ergreifende, tränenreiche und wundervolle Familiengeschichte!Gleich zu Beginn lernt man die Familie Blumenthal kennen, alle liebevoll beschrieben, so das man sofort denkt mitten unter dieser Familie zu sein.Johann zieht freiwillig in den Krieg und baut als Abschiedsgeschenk unter mühevoller Arbeit seinem geliebten Sohn eine kleine silberne Spieldose. Man kann die Liebe zu seiner Familie und die Sehnsucht aller, als er in den Krieg gezogen ist, praktisch selber fühlen und spüren. Ich [...]


  • Story too choppy, but very good in placesI would have preferred Baites to have developed the story and characters in more linear fashion and in greater depth for greater interest and cohesiveness. For instance, by the time Paul tells how Clara died, his remembered loss had none of the devastating impact it must have had when it happened. Emma's character is all but lost so abruptly that the impact of her time with Lilly is diminished when she does return to the narrative. However, I was moved to [...]


  • Not worth itThis book is poorly written and the plot jumps forward many times skipping over crucial developments. The characters are not developed. The young men are all handsome and loyal. The women lovely but lack personality. I got this through ’s first program, bu I wish I had chosen a different book.


  • I was lucky enough to win this Kindle edition from (Thank you!). What a heartbreaking read. The book spans three generations, through two World Wars, and a silver music box that ties them all together. Johann Blumenthal, a Jew, is a silversmith who creates the music box for his son, Paul, before he leaves for WWI. Paul then gives it to his daughter Margarethe during the outbreak of WWII. The book centers around the music box and the love each father has for his child. The book is basically thre [...]


  • I really, really wanted to love this book. The story begins in Germany at the beginning of the First World War and ends in South Africa in 1963. It follows Blumenthal family through these years and tells of their trials and tribulations during this time. The silver music box is a family heirloom that also follows the Blumenthal family through the years. The premise of this story was very interesting and had a lot of potential. However, I felt there was a lot missing from it. It was almost like r [...]


  • Those who follow my reviews know that I'm not parsimonious in giving out stars, but I remind you that three stars means 'I liked it'. The Silver Music Box was a free Kindle selection for Prime members this month and I selected it when only a few had reviewed it, but all of those reviews had been five stars.The title of the book makes the denouement of the story somewhat obvious. I have read a tremendous amount of holocaust fiction and this book fits a mold that makes it a decent read, but it jus [...]


  • A really good book!I read lots of books about Germany before WWII and the Holocaust. Some are very good. Some are just OK. But I really enjoyed The Silver Music Box and look forward to reading the second book in this series.


  • Der Jude und Besitzer eines Juwelierladens Johann Blumenthal meldet sich im Jahr 1914 freiwillig für den Kriegsdienst, um für Deutschland an vorderster Front zu kämpfen. Bevor er geht, schenkt er seinem Sohn Paul eine selbstgemachte silberne Spieldose, damit dieser eine Erinnerung an seinen Vater hat, solange er im Krieg ist. Doch für das jüdische Volk wird es zusehends schwieriger, in Deutschland frei zu leben. Der Hass wird größer. Dies wirkt sich auch vehement auf die Familie Blumentha [...]


  • The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites (translated by Alison Layland) is a historical fiction novel which takes place during World War II. Ms Baites lives in Germany and is the author of several books.Johann Blumenthal, a Jewish silversmith, creates a magnificent music box for his little boy, Paul, before volunteering to go to the front during World War I. Paul keeps the music box as a treasure he will never let go of.Decades later, Lilian Morrison of London, discovers the music box which opens up [...]


  • Before setting off to fight for his country of Germany in World War 1, Johann Blumenthal gives his son Paul a beautiful music box. Paul treasures this item as he grows into a young man who runs the jewelry store his family has owned for years. But because the Blumenthal family is Jewish, the family business and their lives will be changed forever as the Nazis come into power. This is a story of what people are willing to sacrifice in the name of love and their dreams.This was an incredible histo [...]


  • This book is outrageously great! It is quite an achievement by an author to hold the attention of readers for any length of time. And I couldn't put this novel down for any length of time! "The Silver Music Box" is a deceptively simple story of a family who are silversmiths and Jewish in Europe during the first half of the 20th century. At the heart of this book is a beautifully crafted silver music box that follows the family and is actually the main character of the book. It is the heart of th [...]


  • I could not put this down. I was a sobbing hot mess at the end but it was 100% worth it. It was so well written and one of those books you don’t even realize you are readingyou feel like you are living it. 5 stars for sure!


  • Enjoyed from page one. Well researched. I was engaged with the characters and their lives. An enjoyable read of love and war and the trials it brings x


  • A Story of Courage Amid AtrocitiesThis book impacted me greatly. Set in Germany during the time of Nazis, it beautifully tells the struggle of a German family to survive in their country - which was no longer theirs. Filled with historical facts of a time of shame and goodness.



  • This was a very good historical fiction novel. I really liked this book, especially after it takes a turn 2/3 way through. The story is about Johann Blumenthal who fights for his country of Germany in World War 1. Prior to going to war, he makes his son Paul a beautiful music box. Paul treasures this item as he grows into a young man who runs the jewelry store his family has owned for years. But because the Blumenthal family is Jewish, the family business and their lives will be changed forever [...]


  • The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites Cast of characters are highlighted at the start of this book.Love learning new things: silver smithing and the family business. Love the design work discussed.We find Johann and he's making a special music box for his son Paul as he has to attend to some things that will take him away from home.He meets with other family members as they discuss the war.Johann will sign up to fight in the war-in another country to help the Jews. Love how his wife wants to help [...]


  • Like many others, I read this book because it was offered in the Prime members Kindle First books, and there was nothing in the genres I prefer. I do dabble in historical fiction on occasion, and I am particularly moved by stories set during the Holocaust, so this was a good choice for me. I was surprised to find how quickly I was engaged in the story and the characters. Some of the other reviews below should have spoiler alerts. I'll attempt to keep my review spoiler-free.I very much enjoyed ha [...]


  • Johann Blumenthal, ein Silberschmied mit einer noch jungen Familie aus Altona, beschließt 1914 freiwillig für das Deutsche Kaiserreich in den Krieg zu ziehen. Für ihn scheint es eine gute Möglichkeit, als Jude seinen Patriotismus zu beweisen, zu sein. Zum Abschied schenkt er seinem 4jährigen Sohn Paul eine sehr hübsche, fein ziselierte Spieldose aus Silber - mit einer berührenden Widmung. Was er nicht ahnen kann, ist, dass dieses Abschiedsgeschenk ein verbindendes Element zwischen den ver [...]


  • I received this book as a Giveaway and give it a 3.5 rating. The book is translated from Geman to English. It is the story of a German Jewish family, the Blumenthal’s. The first two thirds of the book cover both WW’s. The writing is more cohesive in these sections and the historical research the author outlines at the end of the book is evident. Johann Blumental is a silversmith who makes a music box for his son Paul to remember him by as he sets off to fight for his country inWW1. He is a [...]


  • I liked this book. Realistically I only read it because it was the most interesting of the Kindle first book titles available. I had sworn off "the world wars" so I was hesitant to read one more depressing world war story. I have to admit that this wasn't the usual ww fare. This focused on a single family thru the wars. the family was a family who worked in the jewelry business. The First World War is told from one generation who actively participates in the fighting at the front. The second par [...]


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