Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is historic fiction, that is based on real event that took place during World War II. There was a Nazi concentration camp known as “Ravensbrück” where women were taken to be used as “rabbits” where they were tested on and who would either die from the surgeries they underwent or became handicapped. A New York socialite named Caroline Ferriday did raise money to bring these women to America after the war to get the needed surgery to help them with their injuries.
This book has three perspectives of the events that took place: a young girl who was taken to Ravensbrück, the German doctor, Herta Oberheuser who worked at Ravensbrück and Caroline Ferriday the New York socialite who helped these women as well as many french orphans. This book will enhance your WWII knowledge and give you a different perspective about what happened not only in France but in Poland.
If you happened to love or even like this book, provided below are some other novels I recommend you to read. Links & other resources to learn more about the work & life of Caroline Ferriday and the women who are known as “the rabbits” are also provided.
A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher’s Journey into the Holocaust, and the Reuniting of the Survivors and Liberators / by: Matthew Rozell
Auschwitz Escape – The Klara Wizel Story/ by: Danny Naten
- If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women / by: Sarah Helm
Of Men, Monsters and Mazel: Surviving the Final Solution in Belgium/ by: Marcel Tenenbaum
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women / by: Sarah Helm
The Seven Year Dress: A Novel / by:
The Throwaway Children/ by: Diney Costeloe
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- One of the last Ravensbruck Rabbit Story: