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, Holocaust, Abandoned, Business, Amazon, Cultural, Germany, Literature, Jewish

Reviews The Silver Music Box

  • 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
    A 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, cry i...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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: silversmithing 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 countr...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hannah
    Compelling Story, Not Enough DetailThe Silver Music Box shares the compelling and powerful story of a Jewish family through WWI, WWII, and into the early 1960s. The hardships and evil endured by Jews in Nazi Germany are beyond comprehension. I love following the music box as it weaves through each generation. Bates clearly did her research, as is clear by her resources list.My biggest complaint is that the pacing of the narrative seems rushed in ...
  • Deborah
    Beautifully writtenI chose this book as my November Kindle First and I couldn't have picked a better one. This story was beautifully written. It's a heart-wrenching story of a music box passed down through a Jewish family spanning World War I, World War II, and into the 1960s. While the music box is clearly the star here, the characters are so vivid and real, you just know that although the story is fictional, someone somewhere had to have lived ...
  • Courtney
    This is an example of when I wish Goodreads allowed half stars. I would give this book a 3.5. It's a good story, well written with great characters. The first 3/4 of the book follows one family and then all of a sudden changes to an entirely new character. This would be fine (and the ending is great!) but then the last 1/4 of the book feels so rushed, like the author was hurrying to finish. Like I said, it's a great story and I like where it went...
  • Elyse
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. Those who enjoy historical fiction or books about WWII will enjoy The Silver Music Box. I also think this would appeal to anyone with an interest in genealogy. I expected there to be more mystery here, but I still enjoyed the book and the way the different storylines were woven together. I appreciated how the author was able to bring in multiple heartbreaking stories about war, wit...
  • Laura
    Danke an Amazon Publishing Deutschland und Netgalley für eine Pre-up copy. "Die silberne Spieldose" erzählt die Geschichte einer jüdischen Familie über mehrere Generationen. Es ist keine einfache Zeit für Menschen jüdischen Glaubens. Die Geschichte beginnt kurz vor den ersten Weltkrieg und endet in den 1960ern. Was ich wirklich sehr mochte war der Einblick in einen jüdischen Haushalt, die Perspektive von Menschen, die nicht verstehen könn...
  • vicki
    A wonderful but heartbreaking storyThe story about life as a German Jew during WWI and WWII was so heartbreaking. Ms Bates did such a wonderful job in describing the trials and tribulations of the Blumenthal families and kept me on the edge of my seat with every page. Usually takes me a month to read a book at bedtime but I did this in two consecutive nights. A must read and I don't want to give away any hints about the story. A great story and t...
  • Jenny Waterman
    The Silver Music Box is a lovingly crafted family heirloom gifted from a father to his small son as he leaves for war but it becomes a tool to bridge the gaps of war and separation in a multigenerational tale. The Silver Music Box reminds readers of an additional perspective of war for the German citizens because of this family's nationalism and service in WWI and the turmoil and suffering they endured as Jewish descent business owners in WWII. I...
  • Corgi
    I liked The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites. I received The Silver Music Box as the November Kindle First selection. The author did a good job of writing and character development. There are three distinct periods of time in this book, however I didn't think the ending of one period and the beginning of another period was very smooth. If you do not pay attention to the 'chapter' headings, you would miss it. I did appreciate the author notes as sh...
  • Jolie
    Another Interesting PerspectiveI am a lover of history and those who made it therefore authors such as Nina Baited who bring history to life are among my favorite authors. I have read many personal stories of the horrors suffered by the Jewish during the holocaust however this is a generational story of fiction based on excellent resources of fact. This book transported into the story immediately and I could not put it down. Good characters, grea...
  • Doug
    Very compelling. Prepare to be drawn into a compelling., at times tense, and always enjoyable story that covers three generations. The story moves at a quick pace and Ms. Baites does a very good job telling her story with attention to historical detail. My only complaint is the dialogue seems a little stiff at times. Although this may be more a byproduct of translation rather than writing. But even with that this was an enjoyable experience and I...
  • Jody Brackin
    An amazing story!The Silver Music Box is a delightful story set during a tumultuous time. The Nazis were rising in power, and the Jews were being persecuted more and more, squished smaller and smaller until extinction was dangerously close! The Jews have always been a people to perservere, as we see in the struggles and victories on this family. A book to make you read chapter after chapter, never wanting to stop reading. I highly recommend this ...
  • 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.
  • Joyce T. Enderle
    WW11I was born in 1935. The War consumed my childhood so any story regarding this horrible event is of interest to me. I have many close Jewish friends. Having visited Germany many times it's remarkable to conceive that at one time one man Hitler could be so destructive. This book was so well written. I enjoyed it very much. We must all be careful that we never have another WW11 again.
  • Suzie Hunt
    Writing about the horrors that faced the Jews during WWII is not an easy thing to do. Sadly, this book offers little more than a flat one-note description of events that most people are familiar with. The characters are one dimensional, either heroic or evil. They talk to each other in clichés. The writing is redolent of a Mills & Boon novel and is not up to carrying such heavy subject matter.