Helena steps off the cattle train onto the frozen grounds of
Auschwitz. She has twenty-four hours to live. Scheduled to be killed
tomorrow, she is not even tattooed with a prison number. As the snow
falls around her, she shivers, knowing that she has been sentenced to
death for a crime she didn’t commit.
When a gray-clad officer
marches towards Helena and pulls her away, she fears the worst. Instead,
he tells her that it’s one of the guard’s birthdays and orders her to
Inside the SS barracks the air is warm, thick with cigarette smoke and boisterous conversation. After she sings to the guard, Franz,
he presses a piece of cake into her hands––the first thing she has
eaten in days. On the spot, he orders her life to be saved, forever
changing the course of her fate.
What follows is a love story
that was forbidden, that should have been impossible, and yet saved both
of their lives––and hundreds of others––in more ways than one.
About The Author
Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and
award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the
history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in
the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began
telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young
girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed
from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA
in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and
began working on her first full-length historical novel, "The Girl from
Berlin." Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research
material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by
collecting rare memorabilia and documents.
In her free time,
Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi
Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a
doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their Chihuahua
named Shark Bait.
A fictional story, with so much truth behind it, but how could something like this really happen?
What a wonderful job the author has done with this book, and it should be mandatory reading.
We will never know for sure if one of the prisoners that we come to know was suffering from Stockholm/Auschwitz Syndrome, with a Jewish inmate in a relationship with an SS Officer, and through the words of the author we are there for the Nuremberg trials.
A story of heart wrenching pain, atrocities, forgiveness, love, such a range of emotions, and you will feel them all and more in this book.
I will be looking for more by Ellie Midwood!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bookatour and was not required to give a positive review.
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