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Hoffman, whose many novels often feature a delicate magic realism, here combines that trademark with a story rooted in history. This novel takes place in Germany and France in the 1940s, following a young girl escaping the Gestapo with the aid of a magical creature of Jewish myth. Hoffman, wrote a Kirkus Reviews critic, “employs her signature lyricism to express the agony of the Holocaust with a depth seldom equaled in more seemingly realistic accounts.”

1789: The U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

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This New York Times bestseller isn’t your average celebrity memoir. Best known for playing Lt. Sulu on “Star Trek” in the 1960s, this graphic memoir tells the story of George Takei’s childhood when he was imprisoned in an internment camp for those of Japanese descent in the United States during World War II. When he was 4, his entire family was forced from their home into a concentration camp, where they were held for years. The book explores the courage he and his family showed as well as their hope in democracy. $9.99, amazon.com

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Eger's book tells of her survival of horrors at Auschwitz during World War II and her later life in the U.S. as she became a therapist; it's part memoir and part guide to processing trauma.

1775: Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching.

1775: Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give…

1793: During the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain.

1613: Mikhail Romanov, 16, was unanimously chosen by Russia's national assembly to be czar, beginning a dynasty that would last three centuries.

MARGATE — The Katz Jewish Community Center in partnership with Stockton University held a live simulcast Monday of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz — a ceremony that brought more than 50 world leaders and about 120 Holocaust survivors together at the infamous WWII concentration camp in Poland.

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