On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined. After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself.
Another book about the about Holocaust and about the World War 2. This is book is a Historical Fiction because there were parts of this book which were changed. However Historical Fiction are much easier to handle than Historical book. This whole book is overall based on events experienced by a family. And it really shows that love can survive everything even the holocaust and the death of a full family. This book really opens up your eyes and it makes you see that the earth is sometimes a place from the darkest nightmares. And to be honest this book changed me a little bit.
It is an emotional read, and sometimes this book is too hard to handle. You need sometimes stop reading and just think over what you just read. Because this book really goes into some very dark places.
The characters was of course more or less based of real person who were killed in the holocaust. And every character in this book was endearing and unforgettable. Every character in this book is very well written and described. And you can’t complain that these characters are poorly done because they aren’t.
The author did an amazing job with bringing the story of Helene Hannemann and her family. This book his heartbreaking and really strong story. Sometimes even too hard to handle as i had mentioned before.
Descriptions of the events in this book are brilliant as well. The size of this book is also good. Because it isn’t too long neither it is too short.
Visiting Auschwitz concentration camp and Auschwitz-Birkenau defiantly helps you to have an understand of the layout of the camp. But this book will work just as fine without visiting Auschwitz.
I give this book 5 / 5