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The Tattooed Flower: a Memoir

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In 1942, eleven-year-old Emil Braun cheated death for the first time, when he escaped the clutches of Dr Mengele in a selection queue at Birkenau. In the next three years, and at other concentration camps, he did so time and again, often through the kindness of strangers.
Many years later, after making a new life for himself in Australia, Emil and his daughter Suzy face the
Paperback, 213 pages
Published 2006 by Scribe Publications
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Deborah Ideiosepius
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Holocaust stories, Melbourne history
A fascinating and inspirational story! This definitely belongs in the top ten of all the books I have ever read by or about holocaust survivors.

It is written by the daughter of a survivor who learns the full story of her fathers early years only at the end of his life as he discovers he is dying. The book alternates chapters about Emil's early years with chapters of his daughters experience of his degenerative disease and the two stories have very different voices; Emil's story comes through wit
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and heart-retching read. Wow - xx
What affects me most in this memoir is not the pain Emil goes through, but the love and courage displayed by him and all his family which is expressed through Suzy’s writing. Inspirational - xx
Dr Paul Nisselle & Mrs Sue Nisselle
Deeply moving

The interweaving of the Concentration camp story and the MND story is beautifully done. You will cry when you read the last chapter.
Dani G
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dani Goichman 7A
This book was recommended to me by my teacher. She recommended it to me because before I read this I was reading another one of this authors books which I thoroughly enjoyed. Another reason I chose this book is because I enjoy reading books about the Holocaust. This book is obviously going to be very emotive as its not only a book that demonstrates a young boys life during the Holocaust, it is also a memoir, which means it is going to be very confront
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Picked this gem off an opp shop shelf for a holiday read. I started it thinking it would be a holocaust book about a victim's time in the camps, but I quickly realised it was so much more complex than that. A lot of history and punch-you-in-the-stomach emotion is packed into this great little book. ...more
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Suzy Zail was born in 1966 in Melbourne, and has worked as a solicitor specialising in litigation. After the birth of her first child, Suzy left the law to concentrate on writing. Suzy has written for magazines, and is the author of award-winning children’s books. Her children’s fiction has been published in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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