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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,941 ratings  ·  394 reviews
In 1943 Germany, Helene is just about to wake up her children to go to school when a group of policemen break into her house. The policemen want to haul away her gypsy husband and their five children. The police tell Helene that as a German she does not have to go with them, but she decides to share the fate of her family. After convincing her children that they are going ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2016)
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Angela M
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars .

I’ve read many books about the Holocaust, memoirs, and many novels, some of which were based on real people. Yet, there always seems to be something new to learn. The author’s dedication: “To the more than twenty thousand ethnic Gypsies who were imprisoned and exterminated in Auschwitz and to the quarter million murdered in the forests and ditches of Northern Europe and Russia.” I didn’t know. This is based on a true story, a real family. This novel tells the story of Helene Hanneman
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Diane S ☔
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whenever I start a book that is based on a real person, a real family, I feel a deeper sense of responsibilty, as if I am a witness to this particular time of their life. Helene Hannemam, was the wife of a gypsy, the mother of five children, a nurse, and though as an Aryan, she could have saved herself, she did not. She refused to allow the SS to take her husband and her children without taking her. They found themselves in Auschwitz, eventually in the gypsy camp. She would go on to be assigned ...more
Debra
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity." - Billy Graham

The book begins in 1943 when Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for school. A knock on the door, changes all their lives forever. It is not a friendly neighbor knocking looking to borrow some milk, no it is the Nazi's and they are there for her gypsy husband and children. Being a German, Helene does not have to go with her family, but she insists. She will not leave h
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader by: Angela M
4 powerful stars to Auschwitz Lullaby! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Auschwitz Lullaby, now available from Thomas Nelson, came highly recommended by my dear Goodreads’ friend, Angela. When she says a book is four or more stars, I don’t miss it. She gave this one 4.5.

My Thoughts:

I never tire of these World War II stories involving the Holocaust. I must sound like a broken record at this point, but I have to say, because of the insurmountable number of people affected, there will always be new perspectives and stories
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Esil
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Auschwitz Lullaby is yet another heartbreaking and jarring novel depicting the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis. I have trouble with novels based on the Holocaust that use the war as a backdrop for romantic or saccharine stories. But there are some excellent novels based on real events that serve as an important reminder of this dark time in history. Auschwitz Lullaby mostly worked for me. It is based on the true story of Helene who was a German woman married to a Roma man, who at the time was r ...more
Marialyce
4.5 heart breaking stars

A mother wakes in the morning, prepares for her day with her five children, and then there is pounding upon her door and life turns to the horrific. The world is on fire and now that fire has come to her door. This is the world of the Auschwitz Lullaby: A Novel


Helene Hannemann is a young German mother of five. She is caught up in the conflict that is raging and is married to a Romani man, a gypsy, a person, a race, the SS and Hitler has determined needs to be caught, con
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Tammy
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: release-2018
5 ☆ Auschwitz Lullaby is a heart-wrenching treasure based on the TRUE story of Helene Hannemann, an Aryan German mother of 5 who was married to a Roma. When the Germans who were rounding up gypsies came knocking on her door in 1943 to collect her husband and children she follows them into the trains cattle car immediately giving herself a death sentence just to be with her family.
After days in the stench filled cattle car thirsty, hungry and watching people die along their journey they finally
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Sharon Metcalf
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Stephen King is quoted as categorising three types of terror. The gross-out. The horror. The terror. Personally, I'm not into any of these things but Mario Escobar's novel of historical fiction plonked me firmly into a place where all three were daily facts of life. This was real horror on a level fiction doesn't go close to.

The place? Auschwitz.
The novel? Auschwitz Lullaby.


Helene Hannemann was a German woman, married to the love of her life, and mother of five children. It just so happened he
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Anna
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Based on the true story of Helene Hannemann. Helene was German, but had married a Romani man, Johann. Together they had five children.
What began as an ordinary day quickly became a nightmare when the SS come to their apartment, demanding Johann and the children come with them. As a German, Helene is safe from arrest, but she refuses to leave her children. They are transported to Auschwitz and placed in the Gypsy camp. Helene proves that a mother's love is stronger than hate and terror as exempl
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Amy (my_bibliophilia)
*****4 stars.*****

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Este libro lo leí hace algunas semanas y fueron tantos los sentimientos encontrados y lo que me enganchó que me lo leí muy rápido, apenas un día me tomó.

"Los seres humanos somos pequeños suspiros en medio del huracán de nuestras circunstancias, pero la historia de Helene nos recuerda que podemos ser dueños de nuestro propio destino, aunque el mundo entero se nos oponga."

Basado en hechos reales, cuenta la historia de Helene Hannemann, un
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Deanne Patterson
This is an incredibly hard review to write because of the emotion invested in reading this. I just finished reading an incredibly heart-wrenching book that is based upon the life and story of Helene Hannemann and her 5 children. She was a German woman married to a Gypsy man. Her husband and her 5 children being gypsies are sent to Auschwitz and held in the Gypsy camp at Birkenau. Now she was German and not required to go with them but being a mother you don't just let you children go off on thei ...more
Joanne Freitas
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nem tenho palavras para descrever o quanto amei este livro, o quanto vivi este livro. Este livro despertou-me todo o tipo de sentimentos. Chorei, ri. Um livro que sei que me irei recordar para sempre pois marcou-me o coração.
Brenda
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenda by: Angela M
Removed from her home in Germany, it was 1943 and the police were taking all gypsies to rehouse them. Although Helene Hannemann was German, her husband and therefore her five children were gypsies. Helene would not leave them – as a mother, her determination to look after her children was paramount.

The long, arduous, filthy and traumatic train journey eventually stopped at Auschwitz, which was to be Helene’s home for the next sixteen months. The horrors would be revealed in an instant to the sh
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Dora Santos Marques
A minha opinião em vídeo:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOHEe...

A-VA-SSA-LA-DOR! Este livro deu cabo de mim...é só o que me apraz dizer...
Jeanette Lewis
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author has recreated a beautiful but harrowing account of the interment into Auschwitz of German born, blue eyed, Helene Hannemann who as a young woman fell in love and married a man of Romani (gypsy) heritage. Helene is initially offered the chance by the Nazis to remain and not be taken as prisoner but how could a mother of five and one with a strong love for her husband stay, not ever to know the plight of her family. The Nazis did not generally discriminate when it came to mixed marriage ...more
Staci
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
A sobering novel about Helene Hannemann. Helene is a German nurse married to a Gypsy. She and her husband have five children. When the SS gives orders to remove her husband and children from their home, she chooses to go with them. All seven of them are taken to Auschwitz.

Helene has the opportunity to bring a small amount of light in such a dark place. She demonstrates courage and love.

This novel is based on the journal entries Helene made during part of her time at Auschwitz. An intriguing part
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Samantha
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wwii
I'm a bit shocked by the overwhelmingly positive reviews for this book. I immediately downloaded it upon reading the summary of Helene's story: married to a gypsy, she chooses a Nazi concentration camp with her five children over freedom. This promised to be an emotive ride....except it wasn't.

I'm not sure if the emotion was lost in translation, but the ingredients are here to leave the reader in tears. Helene receives some privileges in Birkenau due to her status as an Aryan and a nurse, Howeve
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Cyndi
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Helene is German woman whose only crime is that she married a gypsy man and bore is children, an act considered despicable by the Nazis. One day Helene’s children and husband are sentenced to the Auschwitz concentration camp and Helene, in a desperate act of unselfish motherhood, refuses to leave their side. In Auschwitz, Helene becomes a hero by running a kindergarten for the children, the only slim ray of light for them in utterly desolate circumstances. She is also one the few who bravely con ...more
Sara Cristina
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocausto
Opinião em video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_0K...

Uma leitura fabulosa que me deixou completamente sem palavras. Como pode o ser humano tratar os da mesma especie desta forma tão crua e macabra.
Fala de uma mulher, de raça ariana, que vai para o campo de concentração juntamente com o seu marido e com os seus cinco filhos. Uma mulher guerreira, um grande hino ao amor pelo ser humano. Esta mulher conseguiu salvar centenas de crianças das mãos dos monstros nazistas, através da mesma ter con
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Toni Osborne
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on true historical events and real people, “Auschwitz Lullaby “brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.

In a straightforward and poetic style Mr. Escobar tells an enthralling story involving the Nazi persecution of Gypsies, Jews and other minorities during WW11. Helene was a German woman married to a Gypsy man, they had five children when they were brutally removed from their home and s
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Vitamina Lu
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estaba muy indecisa sobre darle 4 o 5 estrellas, pero sólo quería darle 4 estrellas por que no era el final que quería, pero después de reflexionarlo me di cuenta que el final que tiene el libro, es el que tiene que ser por que así pasó, a lo mejor estoy enojada, por como me hizo sentir el libro, triste, impotente, me siento testigo de algo inhumano, algo atroz y yo aquí incapaz de hacer algo... pero ese el chiste! que nos demos cuenta de todo lo que pasa realmente en el mundo, que hay gente mal ...more
Rita Araújo
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não se podem esquecer histórias como a de Helene Hannemann... Uma mulher corajosa, que por ser alemã, não tinha de estar em Auschwitz mas que, por força das circunstâncias, escolheu nunca abandonar a sua família, condenada àquele campo de extermínio.

Ao poder do amor, da bondade e da generosidade de quem nunca desistiu de lutar no meio de tanto terror, daqui saem as maiores lições de vida. ❤


“Às vezes temos que perder tudo para conseguir obter o mais importante. Quando a vida nos despoja daquilo q
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Pamela
Powerfully compelling, heartbreaking and yet uplifting.

"Sometimes we have to lose everything to find what is most important. When life robs us of what we thought we could not live without and leaves us standing naked before reality, the essential things that had always been invisible take on their true value.

Motherhood never stood taller. Faith never stronger, or unwaivering.

"My family is here. I can't leave without them. I'm a mother, Herr Doktor. You all wage your wars for grand ideals, you
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Tammy
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a lot of different stories about Auschwitz and learn new things each time. Auschwitz Lullaby is based on a real life person. Helene is German and married to a Gypsy. When the Nazis take her husband and their children, she is not required to go because she is German. She decides to go with her family. At the camp, Helene is singled out due to her nursing skills and sent to work for Mengele. Auschwitz Lullaby is a story fill with horrific tragedy, hope and the will to survive.
Tia
I've read many Holocaust novels, but always wanted to read more about the horrific testing on the children by Dr. Mengele. Also, I had no previous knowledge about the Romani people being targeted and taken to Auchwitz and after reading the synopsis of 'Auschwitz Lullaby', I knew it was a must-read for me.

Helene (a german mother of four whose husband is Romani) was a fierce protector of her children at the camp (her husband was separated from the family) as well trying to protect all the others.
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Marilyn
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar portrayed a mother's unconditional and encompassing love for her children above all else. This was a story based on a German woman, Helene Hannemann's life. Helene Hannemann was married to Johann, a talented violinist of Roma gypsy descent. Together they had five children including a pair of twins. Helene was a nurse. One morning Helene and her older children were just about to leave their apartment for school and work when they were stopped by some German sold ...more
Yv
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terwijl Helene en haar vijf kinderen zich op een "normale" dag in 1943 gereed maken voor de dag, staat de SS voor de deur. Ze eisen dat Johann, de man van Helene, en de vijf kinderen met ze mee gaan omdat het zigeuners zijn. Helene is van Duitse afkomst en mag blijven waar ze is. Ze wil haar gezin niet in de steek laten en gezamenlijk stappen ze op de trein die ze naar Polen brengt. In de hel van Auschwitz blijkt haar afkomst echter voor enkele voorrechten te zorgen en ze stemt toe als dokter Me ...more
Keri
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
"...being a mother is much more than raising children; it is bending the soul until the self is forever mixed up in their beautiful, innocent faces."
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Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about hi ...more
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