Book Review: Auschwitz Lullaby: A Novel, by Mario Escobar
Auschwitz Lullaby is a well written, moving, sobering piece of historical fiction. Penned by Spanish author, Mario Escobar, the book was originally published in Spanish in 2015 and only recently translated into English. The book tells the story of the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity.
While historical fiction, the book is based on the true story of Helene Hannemann. She was a German, married to a Roma gypsy, with five children. When the Nazis rounded by the Gypsies in May 1943, she chose to sacrifice everything and stay with her children. The family was taken into custody and transported to the prison camp at Auschwitz Berkenau. A nurse by training, Helene was forced into service in the camp hospital which was overseen by the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. Later, Dr. Mengele asked Helene to set up and run a nursery and kindergarten in the prison camp. Helene mustered all the courage she possessed to protect the children under her care. For well over a year, her efforts helped to provide a safe haven for the children of Auschwitz. In so doing, she shared human kindness, selflessness, and dignity in the midst of horrific conditions.
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