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Kristy Cambron – 70th Anniversary of D-Day blog tour

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Welcome to the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour!

Ten authors of Christian World War II novels are commemorating the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Thank you for joining us as we remember their heroism and sacrifice.

Our novels illuminate different aspects of the war—from the Holocaust to the Pacific to the US Home Front. Each day, visit with a new author as we share about our stories, our research, and our unique settings. With each blog post, you’ll have the opportunity to win that author’s novel, plus a chance to win a packet of ALL TEN featured novels!

 

Giveaway Details

For a chance to win ALL TEN novels featured on our blog tour, please visit each blog, collect the answers to the questions, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on the BLOG TOUR PAGE You have a new chance to enter each day of the tour! The contest opens June 2, 2014 at 1 am PST and closes June 13, 2014 at 11 pm PST. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 16, 2014.

*Note* Several of the titles will not be released until later in the year—these copies will be mailed to the winners after the books release.

  • To win the prize of ALL TEN books, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. The winner must be prepared to send ALL TEN answers within 24 hrs of notification by email, or a new winner will be selected.
  • You can enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once each day! The more often you visit, the more entries you receive! However, you only need to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once to be entered. But don’t forget…to win, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. To gather the answers, you may download the Word document on the BLOG TOUR PAGE.

 

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The Art of War

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Photo, circa 1944. Edward W. Wedge, (front row, first left) B-17 co-pilot with the 390th Bomb Group (571st “J” squadron, crews 87/91).

Edward Wesley Wedge was from a small Northern Michigan town, just outside of Port Huron. “On the tip of the thumb“, he’d always say. He was one of the flyboys – the young Yanks who took to the air, defending the skies over Europe.  As far back as I can remember, this former B-17 co-pilot’s stories were a part of the conversations over just about every holiday dinner table we ever had.  We heard about the series of exploding bombs that pierced the sky in a line leading up to his plane…one more and their crew would have taken a direct hit. He talked about how cold it was “up there” in the skies, how your fingers felt like ice and your breath froze on air. He recounted stories of the boys who survived. And we listened, gathered around a table, being reintroduced time and time again to the generation of men and women who gave so much.

Late in his life, I asked him: “Grandpa, what was the one thing you remember from the war?” I expected to hear another story of his flight missions – this first of which was in a plane dubbed Lucky. Or maybe he’d talk about why our nation went to war. Would he tell us about rations? Sending letters home to his young wife? Would he talk about the bombing missions, the food drops, the triumph of the Allies?

None of the above. My grandfather, “Big Ed”, thought about it for a moment, then quietly answered, “You never made friends; the moment you did, the next day they were gone.”

And so my heart for this WWII generation was cultivated at a very young age. And by the time I reached college, my heart was further prepped to stumble upon the story that would change my life: the art of Auschwitz.

I first learned of the art of the Holocaust during a Modern Art survey course. It was something I’d never heard of before – the camps had rich cultural communities within their barb-wire walls. Auschwitz had official orchestras? Prisoners created art even while they faced death? This idea of the art of creation, the beauty of the human spirit was so moving, so inspiring yet haunting in a way I couldn’t explain.

How could the Nazis be so focused on the humanities, yet so horribly apathetic to the horrors they were committing against the human race? 

ButterflyViolin-MECH.inddPrisoners risked their lives to create non-commissioned art, rendered in secret – drawings, paintings, even writing and composing music – all while facing some of the most horrific circumstances of the war. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has many examples of the some 1,600 works of art left behind when Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army in January, 1945.

 

In writing The Butterfly and the Violin, I wanted to tie Adele’s story of survival back to a piece of history that was left behind for the generations that came after my grandfather’s. Sera James, a gallery owner from present-day Manhattan, stumbles across the painting of a Holocaust victim – Adele – and like so many others before her, the course of her life is forever altered because of it. WWII became more than a story in a history book – it came alive.

The photographs of flight crews, letters sent from war to sweethearts back home, even the haunting images of art left behind in the barbed-wire shell of a liberated Auschwitz… These are the voices we have left of this great generation. They’re the art of war.

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For a chance to win a SIGNED COPY of The Butterfly and the Violin

TODAY’S QUESTION: The Butterfly and the Violin weaves together contemporary and historical storylines. What object unites the characters from the two time periods?

For a chance to win ALL TEN books featured in the blog tour, write down the answer to Today’s Question or log it in the answer sheet (available on the BLOG TOUR PAGE), go to the BLOG TOUR PAGE, and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Make sure you have the answer to Today’s Question ready! And remember you can enter the giveaway every day of the blog tour!

 

In her historical series debut, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives to produce a poignant tale of the power of love and faith in difficult circumstances. Those interested in stories of survival and the Holocaust, such as Eli Weisel’s Night, will want to read.  — Library Journal, Starred Review

In chapters alternating between past and present, debut novelist Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith. — Publishers Weekly

 

May we never forget.

In Christ’s love,

Kristy Initials

 

 

23 thoughts on “Kristy Cambron – 70th Anniversary of D-Day blog tour

    1. Hi Cyndi – Thanks for dropping by the blog today! I’m so happy to have met you and look forward to hearing what you think of Butterfly. Don’t forget to stop by all the authors’ websites to answer the questions. Someone who answers all questions correclty will win all 10 books! (I am pretty jealous right now, because I cannot win! Ha ha!) ; )

    1. Dearest Heather – I thought the same thing when he told me. I’ll never forget it. And I’m so grateful that this story is getting out there – I hope WWII (and the Holocaust) is never forgotten. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Hello Kristy. I enjoyed your post on tour of D-Day Tour. So glad the art was saved. And, glad you heard about it from your grandfather. My brother, 89 was in that war. My brother-in-law was too and has pictures with Hitler’s mother and sister. You see, his commanders had taken over their house as a Headquarters. He said they didn’t like what Hitler was doing.(I have these pictures.) Also I have a letter from a family friend written from Germany to my grandmother during that war. He never made it home. hope to be able to read your book. Maxie
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Hi Maxie – It’s nice to talk to you again. What a story! It would be so interesting to see the pictures. Let me know if you ever share them online? I’d love to see. Hugs, my friend!

  2. This was amazing to read that the art was redeemed! Thank you for your post. Looking forward to reading The Butterfly and the Violin. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    1. Hi Kathleen – I’m so glad you stopped by! I was moved by the art of Auschwitz too. My heart sings at the thought of more people hearing stories like this. Enjoy! ; )

  3. Kristy,
    How fortunate that your grandfather was able to share with you and your family some of the events that occurred to him and his fellow servicemen in WWII. My father served also on the front lines in Europe. I am thankful for his service. I look forward to reading your book The Butterfly and the Violin depicting Adele’s survival of a concentration camp in WWII. I have not heard of artwork being found in the camps and the more recent find, the painting of a young woman named Adele. That is simply amazing. Many blessings to you as you write.

    1. Hi Roxanna – We are all so fortunate for the service of those men and women who have gone forth in defense of us. And I agree with you — the more stories we can share from this generation, the better. It would be such a loss if these stories weren’t told to future generations. I so hope you enjoy reading Adele’s story, inspired by the real artists who lived (and many who died) in the camps. Blessings!

    1. OH Terri – so true! I thought of that the entire time I was writing Adele’s story. What would we have seen? What would we have prayed had we been in her place? Would we have been strong? Such questions. And such bravery by the real life souls who lost their lives. Thank you for stopping by and for adding this beautiful comment.

  4. Wow, what a powerful story, both your grandfather’s personal story and that of the art world behind the fences of the concentration camps. I had no idea! Thank you for the post and introducing me to your book. I can’t wait to read it!

    Colleen T.
    candc320@gmail.com

    1. Hi Colleen ~ I understand! I felt the same way the first time I heard of the art of the Holocaust. I hope you enjoy Butterfly and thanks so much for stopping by! I’m excited to connect with readers. ; )

    2. Hi Colleen – I didn’t know anything about the art either, until one day in art school. I think my jaw dropped; it was so unbelievable! I hope you enjoy Adele’s story. I’m so grateful you stopped by. Blessings – Kristy

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