Okay, So I finished to book last night and got to open all of my gifts. After all was said in done, I received a pretty ring, (to Small for my fingers) A pack of Lilac seeds, a pair of socks, a letter, with a hidden message, a cloth folder, and a wire headband. (not shown)
While I was not overly impressed with the gifts, as they were nothing I really had a use for. I was very impressed with the concept of this book box. The book choice was great. The best thing about this box, is it forced me to read outside of my normal book choices. I wanted my gifts, so I read the book. And man, what a book!
The Lilac Girls, By Martha Hall Kelly- 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. (From Amazon)
I don’t even know where to start with this novel. It was easily the most intense, heart breaking novel that I have read, possibly ever. I was not even sure I could finish it. This book is based on real people and a real events. (Kasia and her sisters name were changed in the book) The only part of this novel that was not factual is the love interest of Caroline.
Caroline– An amazing woman, someone who fought for what was right, who lived her life with others best interests at heart. She ran an organization within the French Consulate that shipped care packages to french orphans. She later fought to bring the “Ravensbruck Rabbits” to the U.S. to get them the medical treatment they deserved. She also started a campaign against one of the most vile women in history. Herta Oberheuser. I was definitely drawn to her chapters in the book.
Kasia- She was so young when she was taken from Poland and threw in the only female concentration camp, alongside her mother and older sister. What these women endure here, is enough to turn your stomach, and bring tears to your eyes. My heart hurt reading her chapters.
Herta- At first I felt pity for her, this poor women hired to work at a “resort” and the absolute shock she must have felt on her first day. My pity didn’t last long. She was one of the most disgusting, vile women to walk this planet. How are person went from thoughtful and caring (taking the job to support her parents, dad was sick and dying, and she wanted her mom to be able to stay home and take care of him) to the monster she then turned in to. The disgusting way she talked, the horrible things she did to the “Rabbits”. Just terrible.
If you guys have never heard of any of these people, I encourage you to research. I learned a lot from this book, I had so many questions. I think I spent just as much time researching as I did reading. This book was heartbreaking, and fascinating at the same time. I am so glad that it was sent to me, and that I decided to read it.