Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The stories of three very different women are woven together to illuminate the bravery, cruelty, and camaraderie that so many women faced during World War II. Caroline, a former Broadway star, New York socialite, and liaison to the French Consulate finds the course of life dramatically changed when the Nazis begin their assault on Eastern Europe. A world away, Kasia, a Polish teen, is pulled into the Polish underground after Nazis invade Poland and her carefree world is ripped apart. While in Germany, Herta, a woman doctor in a man's world takes a job for the German government as the only female doctor at Ravensbruck - soon to become one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps.
These women's lives intersect when Kasia finds herself sent to Ravensbruck and she becomes a human pawn for Nazi medical experimentation. Inspired by actual events, Lilac Girls is a heart-breaking story, but one that illustrates the power of compassion.
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