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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
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it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2018

I have read many books about the horror of WW2, but not all of the books have moved me in the way LILAC Girls did. Undoubtedly this is a book one really should read. I actually have difficulty describing how terrible it was to read this book. It may sound bad, but the devastation that occurred during WW2 is written in such a detail in this book that I couldn't help feel trepidation reading the story. Also, to add Herta Oberheuser's story to the book made the story even stronger. I did not read about Herta before I started reading the book. I did not do that until later. That meant that I did not know that she would later be held accounted for her actions at the trial in Nuremberg. So, to me at first, she was only a character, along with Caroline and Kasia. However, unlike the other two women, Herta's story is of evil doings. Which I discovered as the story progressed. Her work at Ravensbrück, the tests carried out cannot be described in any other way. Reading about Ravensbrück, what happened to Kasia and the other women was truly difficult. So, very, very, difficult.

Martha Hall Kelly has written a wonderful book. It's also one of the hardest books I have read. However, books like the LILAC Girls are needed. You need to read books that deal with difficult topics like this.

Thanks to Bookmarks förlag for the review copy!
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Reading Progress

September 6, 2018 – Shelved
September 6, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 30, 2018 – Started Reading
October 1, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 8, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018

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Karen I really want to read this but am leery because I feel things so deeply like I was there to even nerve pain. It sounds so good though.


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