Hidden Behind the Mist of Arrow Lakes is a gripping exploration of the hidden lives of Nazi collaborators in Canada, a story that exposes the dark secrets of a forgotten chapter of history.
In Hidden Behind the Mist of Arrow Lakes, Lucia Mann dramatizes the very real accounts of the lives of several individuals with ties to the Nazis after World War II. Some of them were born during the war and others born after, but they all share a common trait: they changed their identities and moved to the Arrow Lakes region of British Columbia, Canada, where they hoped to escape their pasts and start anew. However, the past is not so easily erased, and their secrets are gradually uncovered by the author. Rather than focusing on a central protagonist, the story examines the histories of and connections between multiple families spanning several decades across Russia, England, Germany, and Canada, weaving a rich, yet unsettling web that contains an untold chapter of the history of the Holocaust.

In this courageous account of Arrow Lakes, Lucia Mann does not shy away from exposing the truth, even when it is painful and disturbing. Hidden Behind the Mist of Arrow Lakes is well-written with a clear and engaging style that refuses to sit squarely within the confines of a single genre. The book is original and creative, as it tackles a topic that is rarely discussed or acknowledged, and sheds light on a hidden aspect of Canadian history and identity. But, despite the highly specific subject matter, Mann manages to make her account poignantly relatable to more universal modern issues; such is the case in the way that she indicts the inherent privilege of the Nazi kin who continued to profit from their families’ crimes, even if they themselves hadn’t participated in the atrocities of the Holocaust. Despite her own personal relationship to the Holocaust, Mann explores the psychological and moral implications of the actions of those she investigates with grace, empathy, and intellectual curiosity.

The book’s structure may throw readers for a loop at first, as the stories Mann recounts can, at times, seem disparate and difficult to relate to Arrow Lakes, especially if readers are expecting most of the story to take place there. However, when Mann begins to connect all of the threads in the story, the payoff is beyond worth it. Any reader who goes into Hidden Behind the Mist of Arrow Lakes with this in mind will truly appreciate the rich history she explores with patience and intrigue. Mann does a fantastic job of establishing context on the front end that eases readers into the more extensive archives that follow. All in all, the book is an outstanding balance of informative and emotional, as it reflects time and time again the resilience of those who survived the Nazi regime and the power of truth to heal and restore.

Hidden Behind the Mist of Arrow Lakes is a remarkable book that reveals a shocking truth; highly recommended to anyone who is interested in history, politics, psychology, and human rights.