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Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly Hall, review

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

MY REVIEW:

LILAC GIRLS by Martha Kelly Hall is the story of three women from three different countries–Poland, Germany, and the USA–who lived during the Holocaust.  Most of the book is centered around Ravensbrück, Hitler’s only all female concentration camp where horrific testing and operations are performed.    The tale is often, understandably, quite brutal.  While the backgrounds of the women are completely different, they come together in a way that is both tragic and triumphant.

The story is told through the voices of the three women, each with their own narrative and easily distinguishable.  The author has fictionalized a heartbreaking historical event and shown us what life may have been like during that time.  Parallels to current day events were startling at times.  Photos of the women featured in the story at the end of the book made me enjoy it even more.

5 stars.

 

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