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Book Club Discussion Guide

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Reading Drawn from Memory for your book club? Here are some questions to get the conversation started!


  1.  What do you think the title, Drawn from Memory, means? 

  2. Were you surprised to learn Denmark saved 99% of their Jewish population? Why do you think they did this when so many other countries did not? 

  3. The author, Laura Hatosy, has said, “I hate the phrase ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ I hope no one takes my book to mean that our traumatic experiences are in some way good for us.” What is the difference between the themes of Drawn from Memory and the idea that trauma is good for people?”

  4. What would you do if you had Rachel’s gift?

  5. Which character did you relate to the most and why? Who was your favorite?

  6. Terezin was used as a propaganda camp, to prove they weren’t hurting the Jews. What were some features of camp life there that surprised you?

  7. What role did the stuffed pony, Jubilee, play in the story? 

  8. Due to the historical nature of the novel, the reader often knows more about what is happening than Rachel and the other characters. Did that spoil the outcome or add to the dread? How?

  9. Although small characters, what role do the Blume Sisters play in the novel?

  10. Were you surprised by the twist of Marek’s identity? Did it change your perspective of the Cauliflower at all? If so, how?

Hosting Guide

Here are some tips for the host on food,

decorations, music and more!



  • Danish pastries: 

Called weinerbrod in Denmark (“Vienna bread” because it was made by Austrian bakers in Denmark)

  • Danish chocolate torte: 

Mr. Muller’s chocolate tortes were so good, Annalise doesn’t mind getting sick after eating one.

  • Klejner: 

Also called Danish fried twists. Usually served during the winter holidays in Rachel’s family and Denmark, this dessert can be enjoyed any time.

  • Glogg: 

Usually served during the winter holidays in Scandinavia and in Rachel’s family.

  • Akvavit:

This Scandinavian sprit is distilled from grain or potatoes and flavored with herbs. Rachel’s father drank this at special occasions. 

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