I have never read a book about the war. Be it fiction or fact. Until now. I recently read “Rose Under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein. This is a fiction novel, laced with truth. It’s about a female ATA Pilot in the war, who gets taken prisoner at Ravensbruck concentration camp.
It’s an eye opener. All the things she writes about Ravensbruck are true and taken from real witness accounts. Only the character’s are fictional, even some of those are real. Ravensbruck took around 150,000 prisoners, but it’s thought that only around 30,000 lived to tell the tale. Some were victims of cruel medical experiments, most were beaten, starved and tortured. Most were murdered or starved, frozen or beaten to death or gassed.
Whilst this novel has a strong message of hope and a positive ending, it also makes you realise how truly awful the war was. How horrific the concentration camps were. How for many, there was no hope. How those who survived would forever bear the scars. How lucky we all are, to not have had to witness any of this.
I have never learnt so much fact, from a fiction novel. I am curious to learn more. I want to read real witness accounts. I want to read about the doctor trials. This book has given me a thirst for knowledge, a renewed interest in history (which I’ve not had since I was 13).
I want you to read it for yourself, so I have one extra copy of this book to give away.
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