Lilac Girls is a true story about three women that are set on a collision course. Until something happens that changes their lives. While their stories cross continents. From New York to Paris, Germany And Poland. Because they will strive to bring justice to all of those that history has forgotten.
Because this novel is a true story makes it more intriguing to me and my husband. We both love to read, especially true stories that are set in different eras. And this story will take you along on a very historic and brave journey. It definitely kept my attention and help to inspire me to do and be more. While revealing the power of unsung women that changed history.
Let’s meet the ladies that inspired this book! It all starts in 1939 – follow along for their stories and how they become part of each other’s lives.
Caroline was a New York socialite that worked at the French Consulate. And she had love on the horizon. But her life and everything she ever knew would be changed when Hitler invades Poland, September 1939. Then they turn their sites onto France. Caroline turns her efforts to help the French children.
Kasia wants to help fight the Germans and is caught up in the Polish underground. Eventually her boyfriend, sister and mother are arrested. And they were sent to a women’s concentration camp for “re-education.” This is a place where Nazi doctors will perform operations on them. This is part of the story that hurts my heart. Because it reminds you of the horror of Hitler. And of the lives that were lost during this war.
Herta truly thought she was doing the right thing, the patriotic thing. She is an ambitious young doctor and takes a job for a government medical position. But, once she is hired, she realizes that she is in a male-dominated position. Full of Nazi secrets and power. While working at the “re-education” camp and helping to perform those awful surgeries. And causing so many deaths.
If you love true stories, military history or history in general. You will love this book. Me and my husband both have read it and have had some very lengthy discussions about the things that occurred. I highly recommend this book.