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Lilac Girls: A Novel af Martha Hall Kelly
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Lilac Girls: A Novel (udgave 2017)

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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… (mere)
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Titel:Lilac Girls: A Novel
Forfattere:Martha Hall Kelly (Forfatter)
Info:Ballantine Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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A Tale of Horror and Philanthropic Action

Since World War II ended more than seventy years ago, memories of it are fading from living minds, what with the last of the longest lived survivors nearing the end. The horrors of total world war are not something people can afford to forget, nor the terrors of authoritarian rule, scapegoating, and racism. Fortunately, you can read about all this in history books and personal chronicles. You can experience the suffering of the war and the oppression and murdering by the Nazis on a more personal basis through the pages of historical novels and memoirs. Here, too, in these volumes you can learn about people, persecutors, victims, and rescuers, who sometimes get lost in formal histories.

And therein lies the virtue of Martha Hall Kelly’s novelistic treatment of life in Ravensbrück, a Nazi concentration camp imprisoning women (the majority Polish, classified as political prisoners) exclusively, and where the Nazis conducted medical experiments secretly on healthy prisoners. These experiments, involving the efficacy of sulfonamides (the first antibiotics) in treating battlefield wounds in which subjects were operated on to introduce objects and infectious bacteria, resulted in the crippling of scores of women and the deaths of some from infection or by execution. When the war ended, these women, who were Polish, were left to fend for themselves, as the West German government would not pay for their rehabilitation. Then, in stepped socialite and former actress Caroline Ferriday. A francophile who had been collecting and shipping items to orphanages before and during the war, she took on the task of having these women, thirty five in total, all Polish, brought to the U.S. for treatment. Further, she helped force the West German government to compensate these women. You’d think all this would have earned Caroline Ferriday a page on Wikipedia, but no.

Kelly’s telling features Caroline Ferriday, Kasia, a composite character representing the Polish women, and the real Huerta Oberheuser, the female camp doctor who conducted the experiments and also participated in prison executions. Kelly tells the story by switching from character to character, until the end when the women and Ferriday meet up and Kasia confronts Oberheuser long after the war. Most chapters end with a cliffhanger to keep readers moving forward at a quick clip. While Kelly’s style is somewhat featureless, the incidents prove so dramatic, and often emotional, that they speak for themselves and move readers without authorial fireworks.

Lilac Girls puts the horrors of authoritarian government and the twin concepts of super race and racism on full display. That people can treat each other savagely and murderously is no secret. But that there are people with enough compassion and drive to step in as saviors, that’s inspirational and holds some hope for us humans.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
A Tale of Horror and Philanthropic Action

Since World War II ended more than seventy years ago, memories of it are fading from living minds, what with the last of the longest lived survivors nearing the end. The horrors of total world war are not something people can afford to forget, nor the terrors of authoritarian rule, scapegoating, and racism. Fortunately, you can read about all this in history books and personal chronicles. You can experience the suffering of the war and the oppression and murdering by the Nazis on a more personal basis through the pages of historical novels and memoirs. Here, too, in these volumes you can learn about people, persecutors, victims, and rescuers, who sometimes get lost in formal histories.

And therein lies the virtue of Martha Hall Kelly’s novelistic treatment of life in Ravensbrück, a Nazi concentration camp imprisoning women (the majority Polish, classified as political prisoners) exclusively, and where the Nazis conducted medical experiments secretly on healthy prisoners. These experiments, involving the efficacy of sulfonamides (the first antibiotics) in treating battlefield wounds in which subjects were operated on to introduce objects and infectious bacteria, resulted in the crippling of scores of women and the deaths of some from infection or by execution. When the war ended, these women, who were Polish, were left to fend for themselves, as the West German government would not pay for their rehabilitation. Then, in stepped socialite and former actress Caroline Ferriday. A francophile who had been collecting and shipping items to orphanages before and during the war, she took on the task of having these women, thirty five in total, all Polish, brought to the U.S. for treatment. Further, she helped force the West German government to compensate these women. You’d think all this would have earned Caroline Ferriday a page on Wikipedia, but no.

Kelly’s telling features Caroline Ferriday, Kasia, a composite character representing the Polish women, and the real Huerta Oberheuser, the female camp doctor who conducted the experiments and also participated in prison executions. Kelly tells the story by switching from character to character, until the end when the women and Ferriday meet up and Kasia confronts Oberheuser long after the war. Most chapters end with a cliffhanger to keep readers moving forward at a quick clip. While Kelly’s style is somewhat featureless, the incidents prove so dramatic, and often emotional, that they speak for themselves and move readers without authorial fireworks.

Lilac Girls puts the horrors of authoritarian government and the twin concepts of super race and racism on full display. That people can treat each other savagely and murderously is no secret. But that there are people with enough compassion and drive to step in as saviors, that’s inspirational and holds some hope for us humans.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Well researched. Heartbreaking & inspirational. Introduced me to stories I had never heard before and inspired me to learn more. ( )
  swade79 | Oct 28, 2021 |
3.75 stars

This follows three women during the time of WWII. Kasia was a young girl/woman in Poland who ended up in Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women where experiments were done on some of those women. Herta was a woman doctor who initially had trouble finding work, but took a job at Ravensbruck, initially not realizing what she was getting into. Caroline was a wealthy woman in the US involved somehow with orphaned children in France, and later with helping women who had survived Ravensbruck.

It took a while for me to get “into” the book. I was listening to the audio, so that may have contributed, but I did like both Kasia’s and Herta’s stories. All the stories skipped forward in time fairly quickly, and I would have liked for it not to skip so much time so fast, as I felt like things got missed.

I could have done without Caroline’s story altogether, and definitely without Paul (her married-to-someone-else French lover). He was creepy (though this may, in part, have been due to the woman’s voice narrating a man’s voice with a French accent – I’ve thought this before with a woman narrating a man’s voice with a French accent). In any case, I did not like Paul at all and found he and Caroline extremely boring. All her pining (and later his) just made me roll my eyes. Ugh! The only time Caroline’s POV was interesting to me was later in the book when she was more involved with Kasia’s story.

I also had never heard the term “rabbits” before when referring to women who had been experimented on. I looked it up part-way into the book (if it was addressed in the book, I missed it), and there is a reason that it referred only to these particular women and experiments. It is also addressed in the author’s note at the end.

Author’s note at the end: Herta and Caroline were real people (though Paul was made up). Kasia and her sister were also fictional but based on real sisters who had been imprisoned at Ravensbruck and who had been experimented on. ( )
  LibraryCin | Oct 22, 2021 |
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 |
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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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