SYNOPSIS: One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.
REVIEW: I’m a huge fan of Paulette Mahurin. The first work I read of hers was, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, which won my deepest respect to say the least.
Having said that, The Seven Year Dress deals with many such issues and with great detail, so much so, that I found myself having to put the book down at times, and even quickly skip over some parts. The reason being that the atrocities being described are too real… I strongly believe, these things really happened during the holocaust, and in some parts of the world, still do.
This story is not for everyone, and although the author states her reason for being so graphic, I’m not convinced that the extent of it was all that necessary… Three stars.