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Auschwitz Lullaby
Auschwitz Lullaby: A Novel | Mario Escobar
Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save. On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined. After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself. Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history. Based on a true story, Mario Escobar’s Auschwitz Lullaby demonstrates the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity—even when all hope seems lost.
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rebelscum87
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Historical fiction based on a true story. Very interesting and wonderful writing, the story really draws you in.

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JulieHartman419
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Read this book! One of our librarians told me to read this on several occasions. I finally read it was fabulous!!!! It is the true story of Helene Hannemann. She was a German nurse married to a Gypsy musician with 5 children, including one set of twins. She voluntarily went to Auschwitz-Birkenau when her husband and children were taken, because she wouldn't let them go without her. She became a favorite nurse of Dr. Josef Mangele's. Fabulous book!

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Bourriquet76
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75th read of 2018, maybe the last? Still have two more days.

Eggs Was it good? 6mo
kstadt929 Oh my! I need to read this!!! 6mo
Bourriquet76 @Eggs I enjoyed it, besides it being sad. 6mo
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I‘ve been down with a viral bug all week + finally felt well enough to pick up a book last night. I got in 6 hrs reading time + completed 1 book Auschwitz Lullaby.
Helene mother of 5 + German prisoner runs the camps Romani daycare and school overseen by Mengele himself. Amazing, highly recommending!!! (Suggest: read w/The Tattooist of Auschwitz both true stories + prisoners at Auschwitz during the same time period)

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KathyWheeler I didn‘t know about this book. I‘m definitely adding it to my TBR. 9mo
romanceaddict @whatshesreadingnow I hope you continue to feel better. 👍 Added to my growing list of must reads 📕 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better ❤️❤️ 9mo
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whatshesreadingnow @romanceaddict @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much Misty and Susan.. I don‘t remember ever being that sick. I‘ve missed everyone and so happy to be back!! ❤️🤗 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @whatshesreadingnow so glad you are feeling better 😘❤️ 8mo
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bookishkris
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I‘m on a WWII reading frenzy lately. I don‘t know why; every book makes me cry.

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