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Twenty-year-old Henri Blumstein and his eighteen-year-old sister, Anita, leave family behind and flee from Germany to London in 1933 as the Nazis and Hitler’s power is looming. Their nine-year-old niece, Anne, arrives in London six years later in 1939 as part of the Kindertransport when ten thousand unaccompanied Jewish children enter the United Kingdom in the same year th Twenty-year-old Henri Blumstein and his eighteen-year-old sister, Anita, leave family behind and flee from Germany to London in 1933 as the Nazis and Hitler’s power is looming. Their nine-year-old niece, Anne, arrives in London six years later in 1939 as part of the Kindertransport when ten thousand unaccompanied Jewish children enter the United Kingdom in the same year that England enters World War II. Though Henri's greatest gift is as an artist, to earn an adequate living he takes a job in an East London factory owned by George W. Fairchild, a widower, whose only daughter, Mary Rebecca, later becomes the patron of Henri’s young niece, Anne. Henri, Anita, and Anne anglicize their names and with a good command of English pose as British citizens after they arrive in London, in an effort to combat the antisemitism and inherent mistrust of Germans that exists even in England. Prior to Anne’s arrival, Henry Blum (his English name) is befriended by the curator of a small art gallery who offers Henry an opportunity to display his paintings, and through serendipitous circumstances his employer, Mr. Fairchild, purchases one of Henry’s paintings at the insistence of his daughter. He refuses, however, to pay what Mary Rebecca knows would be a much fairer price for the piece than the young artist is asking. Since Henry paints under the pseudonym, Edlin Bailey, the Fairchilds are unaware even after Miss Fairchild becomes Anne’s patron that Henry is the artist who produced the magnificent painting, The Fairchild Estate, a rendering of their home, which now hangs in the grand library of the estate. When Anne learns that her uncle painted the valuable piece of art that the wealthy Mr. Fairchild purchased for a mere pittance, she is confronted with the first ethical dilemma of her young life. As the story unfolds, Anne’s conflict over how to correct the injustice that she perceives Mr. Fairchild has done her uncle leads her to a course of action that is difficult for her to contemplate and even riskier for her to execute. How will the steps that Anne takes to “right a wrong” affect the relationship she and her family have with Mary Rebecca Fairchild? Will justice and forgiveness win out over greed and a lust for power?


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Twenty-year-old Henri Blumstein and his eighteen-year-old sister, Anita, leave family behind and flee from Germany to London in 1933 as the Nazis and Hitler’s power is looming. Their nine-year-old niece, Anne, arrives in London six years later in 1939 as part of the Kindertransport when ten thousand unaccompanied Jewish children enter the United Kingdom in the same year th Twenty-year-old Henri Blumstein and his eighteen-year-old sister, Anita, leave family behind and flee from Germany to London in 1933 as the Nazis and Hitler’s power is looming. Their nine-year-old niece, Anne, arrives in London six years later in 1939 as part of the Kindertransport when ten thousand unaccompanied Jewish children enter the United Kingdom in the same year that England enters World War II. Though Henri's greatest gift is as an artist, to earn an adequate living he takes a job in an East London factory owned by George W. Fairchild, a widower, whose only daughter, Mary Rebecca, later becomes the patron of Henri’s young niece, Anne. Henri, Anita, and Anne anglicize their names and with a good command of English pose as British citizens after they arrive in London, in an effort to combat the antisemitism and inherent mistrust of Germans that exists even in England. Prior to Anne’s arrival, Henry Blum (his English name) is befriended by the curator of a small art gallery who offers Henry an opportunity to display his paintings, and through serendipitous circumstances his employer, Mr. Fairchild, purchases one of Henry’s paintings at the insistence of his daughter. He refuses, however, to pay what Mary Rebecca knows would be a much fairer price for the piece than the young artist is asking. Since Henry paints under the pseudonym, Edlin Bailey, the Fairchilds are unaware even after Miss Fairchild becomes Anne’s patron that Henry is the artist who produced the magnificent painting, The Fairchild Estate, a rendering of their home, which now hangs in the grand library of the estate. When Anne learns that her uncle painted the valuable piece of art that the wealthy Mr. Fairchild purchased for a mere pittance, she is confronted with the first ethical dilemma of her young life. As the story unfolds, Anne’s conflict over how to correct the injustice that she perceives Mr. Fairchild has done her uncle leads her to a course of action that is difficult for her to contemplate and even riskier for her to execute. How will the steps that Anne takes to “right a wrong” affect the relationship she and her family have with Mary Rebecca Fairchild? Will justice and forgiveness win out over greed and a lust for power?

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