After nona's death, Sonja begins to be troubled by her family’s history. During the war, nona and her brother were left without parents. Yet, on that fateful day, when the Nazis separated mothers and children, their younger sister disappeared. No one was ever able to find out what happened to her, nor anybody knew if she was even alive. While researching the fate of ‘the stolen children’, Sonja is confronted by many war horrors, but her findings lead her to various people, including other stolen children, who help her with their memories and testimonies.
A Word I Don’t Have is a shocking and at the same time tense reading that skillfully intertwines the past and the present. The book masterfully presents the nearly unknown atrocity of stolen children in Slovenia, who were taken to Germany during the Second World War. The narration is based on a set of separate true stories that are kneaded into one.