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Book Title: Christmas: A Story|
The author of the book: Eleanor Roosevelt
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf
The size of the: 28.62 MB
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Date of issue: 1940
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This very short story is more like a vignette; it has a very simple plot and little character development. It takes place in Nazi-occupied Holland in 1940 and tells about a young mother and her daughter who are spending Christmas without their husband and father. The little girl has put a candle in the window to guide the Christ Child to her door. They are visited by a German soldier who tells them that there is no hope in the legends and powerlessness of religion. The story evokes the spirit of Christmas that is “Hope.” The foreword by Elliot Roosevelt puts the story into its historical context, recounting the worldwide fear and devastation in the winter of 1940. He says that his mother’s message to the downtrodden people of the world was to have faith and do not despair. Freedom will again triumph. I was touched by this story, having read it just days after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris November 13, 2015. I would hope that the world can still have hope that good will prevail.
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Read information about the authorAnna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition. She was a suffragist who worked to enhance the status of working women, although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women. In the 1940s, she was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and supported the formation of the United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt founded the UN Association of the United States in 1943 to advance support for the formation of the UN. She was a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 and 1952, a job for which she was appointed by President Harry S. Truman and confirmed by the United States Congress. During her time at the United Nations chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. President Truman called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.
She was one of the most admired persons of the 20th century, according to Gallup's List of Widely Admired People.
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