Everything you need to understand or teach A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.
When Mussolini surrendered in 1942, Jews were no longer under the Italian Army's protection from the invading Germans, and many fled from several small countries over the treacherous Alps to northern Italy. Small farms and villages in these mountains, populated by people of diverse political and religious beliefs, extended their hands and homes to 43,000 Jewish refugees who might otherwise have been lost to the horrors of Nazi death camps. In her novel, "A Thread of Grace," Mary Doria Russell's wonderful characters live with courage, guilt, fear, hope and compassion, all intertwined with one another in a complex web woven by a disastrous war. The driving force they have in common is their sheer will to survive in a war-torn Europe, severely sliced in every direction by political factions and devastation.
Russell's characters handle the challenges of tremendous personal loss each in their own way. Claudette Blum, a teenage Belgian...
A Thread of Grace Lesson Plans contain 119 pages of teaching material, including: