Wednesday, September 7, 2016
i will plant you a lilac tree
Lexile = 740
My favorite part about reading memoirs of the Holocaust is looking at the information about the author on the back flap. I usually flip to the back several times while reading. Here's why: As I read about the unbelievable horrors of that time, I need to see that they "made it through". I need to see the current picture of the author and see their (usually) smiling face. I can't fathom how a person gets through it all, writes it down, and then smiles for the camera. Survival, I suppose.
After losing all of her family through selection and separation by the Nazis, Hannelore Wolff is chosen by Oskar Schindler to work in his factory. If you don't know of the heroics of Oskar Schindler, read more here. Along the way, Hannelore falls in love.
In many ways, i will plant you a lilac tree reads like so many other Holocaust biographies and I did feel it was a bit disjointed in places, but I will never pass up a good story of survival in the face of unspeakable horror.