November 30, 2020 – After surviving the Holocaust – in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps – and Communist rule of the 1950s, a young couple seeks refuge in North America. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.
That is, until a single act of appalling violence defiles their sanctuary. Poking around the dark crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view.
Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate’s contents – or how the peace and tranquility of their existence would be shattered.
THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice is the debut book by author Deborah Levison. It recounts the true story of her family’s discovery and how it forced them to revisit the violence and atrocities they experienced in World War II.
Since its release THE CRATE has won seven literary awards. Reviewers have called it “lyrical and poetic,” “heart-wrenching,” and “a brilliant story.” Most recently The Jerusalem Post called it “exquisite.”