This novel was a real eye-opener for me. I had heard of and read about the Holocaust of course and seen many horrific pictures but never knew about the prison camp that held gypsies. I had only heard about the Jewish camps. Although fiction, this book held lots of truth. Helene Hannemann was a real person that was held in Auschwitz-Birkenau with her five children. Her husband was separated from them and sent elsewhere. Many of the names of doctors, guards, and officials were real and portrayed as they truly were. I spent time looking them up and reading more about what they did and what happened to them.
I was appalled at the inhumane treatment of these thousands of people that were thought of as less than animals. The hardest part was reading about some of the things that were done to the babies and the children. I cried many tears and had to stop reading at various points just to recuperate before continuing. And although it was hard to read, everyone should be required to read about these true events in history. Too many rumors have been circulated about the Holocaust never happening, but most assuredly it did. As the saying goes, those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. And please Lord Jesus, come back before something this horrific ever happens again!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.