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Lilac Girls

de Martha Hall Kelly

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939--and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents--from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland--as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages. USA Today "New and Noteworthy" Book * LibraryReads Top Ten Pick "Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates."--People "A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. It's smart, thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A powerful story for readers everywhere . . . Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history's most frightening memories. A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered. . . . I was moved to tears."--San Francisco Book Review "Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See."--Library Journal (starred review) "[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly's vivid depiction of history and excellent characters."--Publishers Weekly "Kelly vividly re-creates the world of Ravensbrück."--Kirkus Reviews "Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history--women's history--that should never be forgotten."--Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls "Profound, unsettling, and thoroughly . . . the best book I've read all year."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet… (mais)
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Excellent fictionalization of a true story. It is a re-telling of a little-known episode of WWII, the case of Polnish women prisoners, subjected to experimental surgery and treatment in women's concentration camp.

The story is based on two real-life characters, Herta Oberhause, the female doctor who carried out the orders of performing these surgeries, and Caroline Faraday, the American philanthropist who brought the story of the victims to light and orchestrated their treatment in the US and kept close contact with some of them later after they returned to Poland.

It is an inspiring story about human resilience and the capacity for both great charity and unthinkable cruelty. I found the descriptions of the prisoners' plight and tough camp conditions is heart-wrenching. But the author also brought to life Paris and New York of the era, and also post-war Germany and Poland. She also painted a great picture of Caroline's life in her family homestead and town.

The story was clearly written out of reverence to the "Rabbits" as the Polish women were called, and the woman who helped them. It is a very good example of the power of honest and well-researched fictitious account, as it inspires the reader to delve further into less known historical events. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
I really enjoyed reading this. It was touching, emotional, and quite engaging. I like how Kelly wove the story together, and I also enjoyed how she jumped between POVs. I do recommend this as a read, but there were parts that can be a little uncomfortable. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
I am a fan of WWII Historical fiction so I have been circling Lilac Girls for awhile. I do think this book could have been edited a bit more tightly (and I usually like longer books). Having said that I loved the fact that the character of the doctor did not redeem herself in the end - much more realistic that way. I also loved that the sisters were able to go to the US and have operations to improve their injuries.

All said and done, very interesting storyline about Ravensbruck and the horrific experiments and liked the fact that the ending was positive - which I didn't think was possible.
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  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Recommended to HAWL Readers Club 2018.

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For an ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems like her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens, and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents - from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland - as they strive and sacrifice to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
  Gmomaj | Jul 12, 2021 |
Every once in awhile a book comes along touches the emotions of the reader and Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly proved to be one of those for me. This is a quiet yet powerful story that follows three women through the years of World War II and beyond. Socialite Caroline Ferraday spends the war in New York City mostly attending charity lunches and putting together care packages for French orphans. Under her sophisticated surface however, she lives in fear for the love of her life, Paul, a Frenchman who returned to France to try and get his Jewish wife out. She has learned that both have been sent to concentration camps. Kasia Kuzmerick is a young Polish woman who joins an underground youth group when Hitler invades but is arrested, along with her mother and sister, as a political prisoner and sent to Hitler’s concentration camp for women, Ravensbruck. Finally there is Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor who is a loyal Nazi, she accepts a post to Ravensbruck and at first is appalled at what she is expected to do, but as the book advances, we find Herta participating in death by injection and the horrendous experimental surgeries. Herta excuses herself these atrocities by explaining that these prisoners were going to be killed anyway.

Apparently this novel is a mash-up of two books the author was working on and although I found Caroline’s story the least interesting, it was a needed break from the horror and darkness of the other two stories. I also read that these characters were based on actual women whose lives did converge on Ravensbruck and the experimental operations that were conducted.

I listened to an audio version of the book which was well done with each of the women having a distinct voice. It is never easy to read about the atrocities that were committed or about the death camps but Lilac Girls was a gripping story that was both informative and emotional. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 9, 2021 |
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939--and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents--from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland--as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages. USA Today "New and Noteworthy" Book * LibraryReads Top Ten Pick "Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates."--People "A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. It's smart, thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A powerful story for readers everywhere . . . Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history's most frightening memories. A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered. . . . I was moved to tears."--San Francisco Book Review "Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See."--Library Journal (starred review) "[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly's vivid depiction of history and excellent characters."--Publishers Weekly "Kelly vividly re-creates the world of Ravensbrück."--Kirkus Reviews "Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history--women's history--that should never be forgotten."--Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls "Profound, unsettling, and thoroughly . . . the best book I've read all year."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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