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.
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!