SYNOPSIS: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.
WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.
This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”
REVIEW: This is a harrowing tale of survival during the second world war, not from battles or being on the front line, but from that of a victim of the unequivocal circumstances of a conquered land brought about by the Nazi regime.
It is based upon the true story of a real woman’s (Ludwika’s) experiences as a Polish woman in Nazi Germany through a combination of shared recollections, and intense research. Some fictional characters have been added along with a couple of scenes, but none of these take away from the truth of what went on behind the scenes.
This is the first time I have read about what life was like during the second world war for someone who wasn’t English, or American. And the first time for seeing things from the perspective of a foreigner living in Nazi Germany. It was an eye opener to say the least.
I was thoroughly engrossed. What really kept me on the edge of my seat was the constant worrying that, Ludwika be mistaken for a Jew or, through malice be openly accused of sympathizing, or having relations with a German. Just about anything could get you killed!
Now, there are a few minor errors in this work… typos I think, but not so many that they distracted me too much, nor took away from the flow, and I do allow a margin for errors, but I mention it because it bordered on my decision of four or five stars.
I debated and leaned more towards five, so five stars it is!