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This is a work of fiction, as it states clearly, but many of the characters included in this story were real people whose stories are shared through the creativity of Heather Morris. The author did an excellent job pushing this topic forward and showing the reader how endless and life consuming this guilt can be. It’s a bittersweet moment when the three of them are reunited; it really left me conflicted, I was pleased they were together, able to hug each other again but at the same time was devastated that it was in hell, with them facing death every, single day.
They were never outspoken about what happened to them ‘before’, and us kids never really asked or were concerned about my mother’s arm tattoo. These stories must continue to be handed down and talked about through future generations so that a Holocaust can never happen again.In 1942, as teenagers, they left their home (a little family background at the start, along with the basic conditions and circumstances of the times)…. Note that while Morris’ three novels are presented as a trilogy, they are essentially standalone books. That said, the content of the books could not be more exceptional, and I’m grateful these stories have been told. It took me halfway through the book to finally figure out that Alex’s was the only perspective written in first person.
This book is incredible, the story-line so epic I don’t think I’ve ever come across one like this before. The end was filled with some events, but it was predictable enough and the readers can feel that something was not told but could be guessed. They discovered that the attitudes of the Slovs toward Jews had not changed much since the end of the war. For two years after Cibi and Livia were taken to Auschwitz, Magda remained at home but felt remorse and guilt that she was at home and her sisters had been taken away. Cibi and Livi were extremely fortunate to find themselves with two different kapos who were sympathetic to them and got them easier jobs in the camp.Magda had been sick and was in the hospital recuperating when the Nazis were making their selections for deportation.