The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst – Our Review
Sue Smethurst had always been fascinated by the family history on her husband’s side and in her marvellous book, ‘The Freedom Circus’ she recounts their breathtaking story of survival, unimaginable courage and tremendous hope.
Sue first approached her widowed grandmother in law to ask how she survived the Holocaust, only to be met initially with a stoic refusal to divulge her story.
However over time the book was created as each week Sue and Mindla would sit together and chat over cake and a handful of old photos.
We discover that as a young lady Mindla would tumble into a romance with Kubush Horowitz, a member of the famous Staniewiski Circus and later the Australian performer known as Sloppo the Clown.
Falling in love and having a son together would be impossibly difficult for the young couple as Poland entered the unimaginable horrors of war, yet their circus roots would bring an undeniable hope and joy throughout the darkest of times and their eventual escape to Australia.
An awe inspiring journey that is an honour to read.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books