1942, Warsaw. Mika, a young Polish boy, inherits from his grandfather, a university professor killed in the Warsaw ghetto, his puppets and a large coat full of pockets. The child, to alleviate the plight of orphaned children from the ghetto, does performances with the puppets for them. For a moment, he successfully makes them, and also many adults, forget the misery of the ghetto.
His fame spreads and an incident on the street leads him to being forced to act periodically for German soldiers. The novel is a delightful read, with no great literary pretensions, simply telling the story of the lives of several characters who lived in the Warsaw ghetto before its disappearance. Particularly noteworthy is its positive treatment of forgiveness, love, and the defense of family bonds.
F.C.B. (Spain, 2015)