Okay, wow, guys–this book hit me hard. I know book reviews aren’t the favorite thing I post, but I’m so passionate about reading that I just can’t not post them, and this book in particular really impacted me lately.
Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar
Fans of The Book Thief, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Night, and The Girl from the Train will love this book! It is translated from Spanish but the translator did such a wonderful job; it was poetic and there weren’t any parts that felt stilted or just not “quite right”.
Escobar weaves together a fictional account of the hauntingly true story of Helene Hannemann, a German woman who follows her gypsy husband and children to Auschwitz rather than embracing the freedom she as a German is offered. While there, she makes every effort to improve conditions of other inhabitants, even starting a kindergarten for the children and looking after the youngest people in the camp. Her story is inspiring and thought-provoking, as I myself questioned what I would do in many of the situations she found herself in. It is definitely a story I’d reserve for older audiences due to the horrors of the setting, but wow–it’s not one I’ll soon forget. I highly recommend it to those who have the stomach for WWII and Holocaust literature.
Thank you so much to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me a copy of this book. You all really do well putting out fantastic literature and I appreciate it!
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