HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: THE LILAC GIRLS

 

 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly follows the lives of three young women from the beginning to the end of WWII.  Caroline Ferriday is a Washington socialite who volunteers at the French Consulate trying to arrange charitable funding for French orphanages.  Herta Oberheuser has just finished her German medical degree and is finding it very difficult to be hired in any capacity.  This is a time when women doctors were still very unusual in Germany.  In desperation, she answered an ad for a governmental medical position.  She is shocked and frightened when she eventually learns what she is expected to do.  A Polish teenager, Kasia Kuzmerick, longs for a more exciting life.  She thinks she has found a purpose when she becomes a courier for the underground after Germany has successfully invaded Poland.  The intersection of their lives is inevitably tragic.  Ravensbruck is a concentration camp for women only.  Terrible medical experiments were carried out there.  This is a tale of tragedy that leaves you with hope.

 

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