The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites

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. 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 be...

Details The Silver Music Box

TitleThe Silver Music Box
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Silver Music Box

  • Diane S ☔
    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 oth...
  • Cindy Burnett
    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 u...
  • Thebooktrail
    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 s...
  • Joan Bannan
    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.
  • Judy Collins
    3.5 Stars. Review to follow.
  • Eliz
    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.
  • Anja
    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 gezog...
  • Niles L. Kaplan
    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 doe...
  • Jennifer Hohenbrink
    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 Amazon’s first program, bu I wish I had chosen a different book.
  • Katz Nancy from NJ
    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.
  • Sina
    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 ...
  • Zohar -
    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 ...
  • Katie B
    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 ...
  • Elizabeth
    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...
  • Marcy Heller
    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 f...
  • allison Fairhurst
    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
  • Marianne O'Neal
    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.
  • Shannon Gaughan-kelly
    An amazing story that reminds us of the dangers of hatred! I couldn’t put it down!
  • Julie Barrett
    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 count...
  • T.E. Blair
    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 ...
  • dubh
    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 Abschieds...
  • Missy
    I was lucky enough to win this Kindle edition from Goodreads (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 lov...
  • Tiffany
    This was a captivating and emotional, multi-generational story following the Blumenthal family from the beginning of WWI through the early 1960s. So much has been written about this time period, and each story I read never fails to bring to me to tears at least once. The Blumenthals are a prominent, Jewish family in Germany in the early 1900s and are known for their finely-crafted jewelry. We see Johann, the patriarch, choose Country over family ...
  • Kathleen Lomax
    This was a freebie on Amazon First for November 17. I selected it because there was nothing else that appealed, my point being that this book would not have been a purchase choice. So I thought I would flick through the first few pages for a feel of it. I couldn't put it down. A beautiful book which, I am sure, will go to become a film or TV special. Overlaid over a backdrop stretching from WW1 through to WW2, we are joined on our literary journe...
  • Ninaminacat
    Much more convincing in its WW1/WW2 settings than in the 1960sThe first 70%of this book is well researched and absorbing, giving the reader an insight into the lives of a Jewish family from WW1 to WW2 and their contribution to German society, including the father's ultimate sacrifice after choosing to fight for the country he called home in WW2. Thus far I found the book compelling, completely credible and satisfyingly informative. (I would have ...
  • Mary Ann
    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 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 ...
  • Harry
    Good historical fiction about Jews in Germany between the two World Wars. It was enlightening to learn about Jews who fought for the Fatherland during WWI as well as the fate of those who converted to Christianity in order to avoid persecution. Although this is a work of fiction, I am left wondering what would have been the fate of the Blumenthal family had not the patriarch, Johann, fought alongside his Aryan countrymen.I'm not sure if it was th...
  • Seth Teegarden
    Wow! An absolutely amazing book. It touches my heart in so many ways but here are a few specifics. 1. I love WWII history and have always been fascinated by the stories of persecution that occurred. 2. As a husband and father I could completely feel the emotions of love, joy, pain, sorrow, regret, rejection, and hope from Paul. 3. As someone who had worked for years in the foster care field, I am so deeply moved my the affects of the war felt on ...
  • Joan Buell
    An interesting novel set in the years prior to WWII In northern Germany. It portrays a Jewish family's two generations.oThe persecution of Jews seems to begin slowly, and most cannot fathom what is to come. Some emigrate, and some remain committed to the land they call home. The story eventually focuses on Paul and Clara Blumenthal and their desperate attempt to flee with their young daughter. Then comes a rather jarring transition to 1960's Lond...