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Kisses from Hanna, Cross & Reynolds, 1997
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Kisses from Hanna
1st Book Library. 2000
They were just two teenage girls when they began writing during the Great Depression. These letters from Hanna (in Holland) to Ruth (in the United States) date from the early 1930's to the late 1970's. They include World War II experiences that Hanna suffered, as well as illustrate what life was like in the world during this period. This is a story about a friendship that impacted both lives, and will bring tears to the eyes of the reader. During 1940 and 11941--after the Nazi invasion and the near destruction of Rotterdam--Ruth acted as a liaison between Hanna and Aa d, then in Java, and their families back in Holland. The war made it impossible for any correspondence between the families in the two countries. However, Ruth was able to communicate with each of the families. Hanna later said, Ruth held the threads of our families in her dear hands. Historically true and poignantly personal, these letters ranged from the trivial to world shaking events--from box suppers and school activities to Nazi occupations and Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Neither girl could have foreseen how important each would be to the other when Ruth selected Hanna's name from a list of potential pen pals.