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    Her Courage Lives On!

    "Help me to tell the world the story of Helene Hannemann and her children" . . . writes the author in her opening statements. Married to a Romani Gypsy, Helene Hannemann is concerned that the welfare of her family lies in the hands of those who aggressively seek to destroy it. Her pure German heritage adds a layer of protection over her own future, a luxury that her husband and five young children do not have. When the worst possible scenario is realized, Helene bravely refuses to be separated from those she loves; bravely taking the train to Auschwitz where death hangs over life like a smokey specter. Surprisingly, Helene captures the attention of Dr. Josef Mengele, whose aspirations for greatness among the Third Reich supersede any resemblance of the Hippocratic oath. When she is chosen to organize a school for the children among the Gypsy camp, her nurse's training serves her well as Helene concedes a deal with the devil himself. And the rest . . . . as one might say, is history. Written beautifully, carefully, and reverently . . . . . "Auschwitz Lullaby" exposes unspeakable cruelty and brutality in such a gentle way that it makes one's heart sing a love song for those who lived to die. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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    Everyone should read this

    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.
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    Auschwitz lullaby

    Sad but true story of courage when she could have saved herself she was a mother first and would never leave her 5 children.This story also gives a perspective on how the Gypsies were treated in the extermination camps
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    So sad

    Amazing book. Very well written. Breaks your heart and sad it ever had to happen.
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