Auschwitz Lullaby
In 1943 Germany, Helene is just about to wake up her children to go to school when a group of policemen break into her house. The policemen want to haul away her gypsy husband and their five children. The police tell Helene that as a German she does not have to go with them, but she decides to share the fate of her family. After convincing her children that they are going off to a vacation place, so as to calm them, the entire family is deported to Auschwitz. For being German, they are settled in the first barracks of the Gypsy Camp. The living conditions are extremely harsh, but at least she is with her five children. A few days after their arrival, Doctor Mengele comes to pay her a visit, having noticed on her entry card that she is a nurse. He proposes that she direct the camp’s nursery. The facilities would be set up in Barrack 29 and Barrack 31, one of which would be the nursery for newborn infants and the other for children over six years old.Helene, with the help of two Polish Jewish prisoners and four gypsy mothers, organizes the buildings. Though Mengele provides them with swings, Disney movies, school supplies, and food, the people are living in crowded conditions under extreme conditions. And less than 400 yards away, two gas chambers are exterminating thousands of people daily.For sixteen months, Helene lives with this reality, desperately trying to find a way to save her children. Auschwitz Lullaby is a story of perseverance, of hope, and of strength in one of the most horrific times in history.

Auschwitz Lullaby Details

TitleAuschwitz Lullaby
Author
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785219958
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, World War II, Holocaust, Fiction, War

Auschwitz Lullaby Review

  • Dora Santos Marques
    January 1, 1970
    A minha opinião em vídeo:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOHEe...A-VA-SSA-LA-DOR! Este livro deu cabo de mim...é só o que me apraz dizer...
  • Tânia Tanocas
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*Opinião aqui:http://baudatanocas.blogs.sapo.pt/can...
  • Sara Cristina
    January 1, 1970
    Opinião em video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_0K...Uma leitura fabulosa que me deixou completamente sem palavras. Como pode o ser humano tratar os da mesma especie desta forma tão crua e macabra. Fala de uma mulher, de raça ariana, que vai para o campo de concentração juntamente com o seu marido e com os seus cinco filhos. Uma mulher guerreira, um grande hino ao amor pelo ser humano. Esta mulher conseguiu salvar centenas de crianças das mãos dos monstros nazistas, através da mesma ter con Opinião em video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_0K...Uma leitura fabulosa que me deixou completamente sem palavras. Como pode o ser humano tratar os da mesma especie desta forma tão crua e macabra. Fala de uma mulher, de raça ariana, que vai para o campo de concentração juntamente com o seu marido e com os seus cinco filhos. Uma mulher guerreira, um grande hino ao amor pelo ser humano. Esta mulher conseguiu salvar centenas de crianças das mãos dos monstros nazistas, através da mesma ter construido uma creche. Recomendo a todos!
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  • Rita Araújo
    January 1, 1970
    Não se podem esquecer histórias como a de Helene Hannemann... Uma mulher corajosa, que por ser alemã, não tinha de estar em Auschwitz mas que, por força das circunstâncias, escolheu nunca abandonar a sua família, condenada àquele campo de extermínio.Ao poder do amor, da bondade e da generosidade de quem nunca desistiu de lutar no meio de tanto terror, daqui saem as maiores lições de vida. ❤“Às vezes temos que perder tudo para conseguir obter o mais importante. Quando a vida nos despoja daquilo q Não se podem esquecer histórias como a de Helene Hannemann... Uma mulher corajosa, que por ser alemã, não tinha de estar em Auschwitz mas que, por força das circunstâncias, escolheu nunca abandonar a sua família, condenada àquele campo de extermínio.Ao poder do amor, da bondade e da generosidade de quem nunca desistiu de lutar no meio de tanto terror, daqui saem as maiores lições de vida. ❤️“Às vezes temos que perder tudo para conseguir obter o mais importante. Quando a vida nos despoja daquilo que julgávamos imprescindível e nos encontramos nus diante da realidade, o essencial que é sempre invisível aos olhos, ganha a sua verdadeira importância.”“Deixamos de existir quando não há ninguém no mundo que seja capaz de nos amar.”“Todos os dias realizamos experiências com crianças de todas as idades. Primeiro investigamos e realizamos ensaios para tentar mudar o pigmento dos seus olhos, muitas das pobres criaturas morreram devido a infeções ou ficaram cegas. Agora infetamos os pequenos com todo o tipo de doenças, para os matar e fazer-lhes a autópsia. É terrível! Não posso suportar mais!”
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  • Vitamina Lu
    January 1, 1970
    Estaba muy indecisa sobre darle 4 o 5 estrellas, pero sólo quería darle 4 estrellas por que no era el final que quería, pero después de reflexionarlo me di cuenta que el final que tiene el libro, es el que tiene que ser por que así pasó, a lo mejor estoy enojada, por como me hizo sentir el libro, triste, impotente, me siento testigo de algo inhumano, algo atroz y yo aquí incapaz de hacer algo... pero ese el chiste! que nos demos cuenta de todo lo que pasa realmente en el mundo, que hay gente mal Estaba muy indecisa sobre darle 4 o 5 estrellas, pero sólo quería darle 4 estrellas por que no era el final que quería, pero después de reflexionarlo me di cuenta que el final que tiene el libro, es el que tiene que ser por que así pasó, a lo mejor estoy enojada, por como me hizo sentir el libro, triste, impotente, me siento testigo de algo inhumano, algo atroz y yo aquí incapaz de hacer algo... pero ese el chiste! que nos demos cuenta de todo lo que pasa realmente en el mundo, que hay gente mala pero también gente dispuesta a darlo todo como lo fue Helene!
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  • Xana
    January 1, 1970
    Não tinha lido muito sobre o tema, nem sequer me puxava, mas depois de ler "Perguntem a Sarah Gross", aguçou-me a vontade de ler mais sobre Auschwitz.É um livro forte e não há muito mais a dizer... Acabei com a garganta apertada e com lágrimas nos olhos.Aconselho!!
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  • Mis Lecturas
    January 1, 1970
    Un 3,5 en realidad. Un episodio trágico de la historia narrado desde la perspectiva de una madre que, por encima de todo, amó a su marido y a sus hijos, dándolo todo por ellos
  • Moni
    January 1, 1970
    Historia durísima y al mismo tiempo conmovedora basada en hechos reales. A pesar de haber leído mucho sobre el holocausto, siempre encontramos nuevas tramas desde otros puntos de vista. En este caso de los gitanos recluidos en Birkenau y los ya conocidos experimentos de ese monstruo de Mengele. Hay momentos en que he tenido que parar un momento la lectura, durísimo. No puedo decir más
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  • Cathy Branciforte
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I just finished reading the Auschwitz Lullaby and I think it was one of the better WWII books I have read. It was based on the true story of Helene Hannemann, an Aryan German woman, married to a Romani gypsy, who finds herself at the Auschwitz camp with her 5 children, considered gypsies,under the direction of Dr Josef Mengele, as he performed his twisted experiments on children, twins, and other prisoners. This was a heartbreaking story of a mother’s love for her children, her courageous f Wow, I just finished reading the Auschwitz Lullaby and I think it was one of the better WWII books I have read. It was based on the true story of Helene Hannemann, an Aryan German woman, married to a Romani gypsy, who finds herself at the Auschwitz camp with her 5 children, considered gypsies,under the direction of Dr Josef Mengele, as he performed his twisted experiments on children, twins, and other prisoners. This was a heartbreaking story of a mother’s love for her children, her courageous fight for the other prisoners, and how she went on in the face of adversity. As with many of the WWII books that I have read, this one has a completely different viewpoint and focuses on something that I didn’t know much about, the Romani gypsy situation in the war and the experiments conducted by the monster Josef Mengele. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially WWII stories.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar is a moving account of a German woman imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz Concentration Camp during WWII. I found it hard to put down.Helene Hannemann is a German woman with five children who married a Gypsy. One day the SS shows up at her door to imprison her husband and children. They insist she is not being arrested (because she is pure German) and are stunned that she chooses to go with her family. But what woman wouldn't sacrifice anything for her childr Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar is a moving account of a German woman imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz Concentration Camp during WWII. I found it hard to put down.Helene Hannemann is a German woman with five children who married a Gypsy. One day the SS shows up at her door to imprison her husband and children. They insist she is not being arrested (because she is pure German) and are stunned that she chooses to go with her family. But what woman wouldn't sacrifice anything for her children? While at Auschwitz Helene meets the notorious Dr. Mengele and because she is a nurse he recruits her to establish a nursery and school for the many children in the camp. After suffering from hunger and cold for many weeks, things begin to improve for Helene because of her relationship with Dr. Mengele. But she soon learns of his experiments on twins, and she begins to fear he will soon require her twins for his experiments.While written as a novel the life and story of Helene Hannemann and her five children are real. It is an incredibly brutal retelling of what took place within the camps. The author has done his research, and it feels as if he had spent time in the camps as it is so detailed and I assume accurate, right down to the smells.While the book is titled Auschwitz Lullaby, the lullaby itself is not written in English and is only mentioned once. I'm sure it held some significance to the rest of the story, but it was lost to me because it was not translated. And finally, while this is a superb retelling of the horrors of Auschwitz, it is by no means a Christian book. God is not credited with Helene's sacrifice for her children. God is not credited as her strength and hope throughout her ordeal. In fact, God is barely mentioned. This does not take away from the book by any means, but why it is listed as Christian is beyond me.That said, it was still an excellent book and one worth reading.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Adelaide Silva
    January 1, 1970
    Quando pensas que já lestes de tudo sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial, chega-te este pequeno livro que relata outra perseguição a outra etnia. Baseado em factos reais a história de Helene Hannemann ariana pura, presa com a sua família que nunca quis abandonar e que no horror do campo de extermínio de Auschwitz conseguiu iluminar a vida de muitas crianças que com ela cruzaram, criando uma creche e protegendo as de Mengele
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  • Bev Walkling
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I was drawn to this book initially because of the title and the artwork on the cover. I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz last fall and am very interested in learning more about what happened there. Although this book is told as a novel, the story was inspired by the life of Helene Hannemann, A German woman who had fallen in love and married a Romani (gy I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I was drawn to this book initially because of the title and the artwork on the cover. I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz last fall and am very interested in learning more about what happened there. Although this book is told as a novel, the story was inspired by the life of Helene Hannemann, A German woman who had fallen in love and married a Romani (gypsy) man and had five children with him. In the years prior to where the story starts, life had become increasingly difficult for those of Romani extraction. The Nazi party's racial laws had become increasingly harsh and the Hannemann family tried to live a quiet life out of the spotlight living in fear of the day when the Nazi's would arrive on their doorstep. That day came in May of 1943, and when the soldiers arrived they were only coming for Helene's husband Johann and their five children. Helene, as a purebred German, was not required to go but could not bear to send her family off alone and chose to go with them to what turned out to be Auschwitz and a family camp in Birkenau.The book is told from the eyes of Josef Mengele some years after the war as he reads through journals which Helene had supposedly written. I somehow doubt that she would ever have had the opportunity to write such detailed journals and have them survive, but it was still an effective way to give her a voice.There are many elements of her story abut the trip to Auschwitz, how awful it was and what life was like once one arrived that would be familiar to any reader who has done much reading on the subject of Auschwitz, but this book is different in that rather than focus on the story of the Jews who were sent to Auschwitz, it tells the story of what happened to the Romani that were sent there. This provided a lot of information that was new to me.The Gypsies had their own section of the camp and while the life they lived was horrible, it was at least marginally better than what the Jewish population faced upon arrival. There was no immediate selection for the gas chambers and while the adult males were separated from their family, women and children could remain together. As a nurse, Helene Hanneman had the opportunity to work in what passed as a hospital. This allowed her a slightly better chance to provide for her children. Eventually it also brought her into contact with Dr. Josef Mengele and led to her being asked to organize and run a nursery and school for the Gypsy children. The author has told the story of how the school came to be and Helene's impact on those she came into contact with. Although the author fictionalized her story, it is clear that he did a lot of research into what it was like to be in Auschwitz and how the story of the Romani people there progressed. He included reference to the experiments (particularly on twins) of Dr. Mengele impacted them. Wherever possible, the author chose to use the stories of real people. He did, however choose to alter certain details of what happened to Helene and her family in order to leave the reader with a sense of hope.The presence of this nursery in Auschwitz provided the only light that there was in the lives of the Romani children incarcerated there. The care provided by Helene and her fellow providers had to have been a real contrast to what their mothers were facing. It allowed the children to be children for at least a few hours every day and also provided slightly better food and warmth. Sadly it also provided children for Dr. Mengele to experiment on. Ultimately, as it became clear that the Germans were losing the war, conditions worsened and finally all who remained were exterminated by the Germans.Mario Escobar told this story in a way that drew me in quickly and kept me reading whenever I had a few minutes. Life was awful in Auschwitz, but there were still good people there who supported each other and did their best to improve life for others. Stories like this one need to be told and remembered. The writing itself was excellent and at times had a poetic quality to it. It demonstrated clearly that when love is involved, the choices one makes often include self-sacrifice. It also showed that while some people like Mengele and many of the women guards were evil, they still had moments where one could catch a glimpse of humanity. In a world where hate continues to grow and fester regarding people who are different from who we are, this book holds an important place as a warning to what can happen when we forget that under our skin we are all the same. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Mari Mar
    January 1, 1970
    Una historia real, cruel y muy dura. Eso es lo que encontramos en estas páginas. La historia de una mujer valiente, que en vez de elegir salvarse del horror, su amor de madre la llevó a vivir el peor de los destinos. Me ha encantado la manera de escribir del autor, de mostrarnos de una forma sencilla y muy documentada, la vida de Helene Hannemann. Hay momentos en los que se hacía muy duro leerla, ya que estas historias sobre el holocausto nazi, nunca son agradables, pero sí, muy necesarias. Con Una historia real, cruel y muy dura. Eso es lo que encontramos en estas páginas. La historia de una mujer valiente, que en vez de elegir salvarse del horror, su amor de madre la llevó a vivir el peor de los destinos. Me ha encantado la manera de escribir del autor, de mostrarnos de una forma sencilla y muy documentada, la vida de Helene Hannemann. Hay momentos en los que se hacía muy duro leerla, ya que estas historias sobre el holocausto nazi, nunca son agradables, pero sí, muy necesarias. Con este libro he aprendido otra parte de la historia, que desconocía. La persecución de los nazis contra los gitanos, que fueron capturados y llevados al campo gitano que se encontraba en Birkenau Auschwitz II. Sin duda, es una historia que recomiendo leer, historias como estas, no deben caer en el olvido. Siempre digo, que hay que mirar al pasado para que no vuelvan a ocurrir echos tan horribles, pero a la vista está, que no es así… 100% Recomendable!!!
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  • Fernanda Romo
    January 1, 1970
    No sé porque me gusta leerme rápido estos libros sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial.No es el primero de estos temas que leo, ya he leído otros 5 pero ninguno había hablado de los gitanos y como ellos sufrieron por los nazis y sus decisiones sin sentido, el libro es fácil de leer y es muy fluido, la historia es tierna ya que Helena ama a sus hijos y a su esposo y eso perdura a pesar de todas las adversidades. Lo que faltó fue una conexión más estrecha con la protagonista ya que no pude sentir todo l No sé porque me gusta leerme rápido estos libros sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial.No es el primero de estos temas que leo, ya he leído otros 5 pero ninguno había hablado de los gitanos y como ellos sufrieron por los nazis y sus decisiones sin sentido, el libro es fácil de leer y es muy fluido, la historia es tierna ya que Helena ama a sus hijos y a su esposo y eso perdura a pesar de todas las adversidades. Lo que faltó fue una conexión más estrecha con la protagonista ya que no pude sentir todo lo que ella sentía, siento que los libros que tocan estos temas necesitan protagonistas y personajes que te hagan estar en sus zapatos y sentir hasta los huesos la crueldad.Haré una reseña en el canal.
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  • Janice Beck
    January 1, 1970
    "Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save."This novel is based on true historical events involving the Nazi persecution of gypsies and other minorities during WWII. Helene Hannemann was a German woman — married to a gypsy man — with five young children. As her husband and children are brutally arrested in their own home, Helene (as a “pure” German) could have evaded arrest; "Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save."This novel is based on true historical events involving the Nazi persecution of gypsies and other minorities during WWII. Helene Hannemann was a German woman — married to a gypsy man — with five young children. As her husband and children are brutally arrested in their own home, Helene (as a “pure” German) could have evaded arrest; however, she refuses to leave her family and ends up separated from her husband and imprisoned with her children in the gypsy camp at Birkenau. As a German nurse, her talents are recognized by the famed Dr. Mengele, who instructs her to open a nursery and school for the camp’s children. We are shown in great detail the suffering and daily horrors that life at Auschwitz brings for Helene and her children. For many of the women and children, the nursery ends up becoming a “ray of hope in the midst of the darkness,” and although Dr. Mengele has provided them with this hope, the reality of his medical experiments weighs on Helene. She grapples with one of the enduring questions of humanity: how can humans be capable of such good and also such evil?“I preferred to see the Nazis as inhuman monsters. The more human they acted, the more horrifying they became, as it meant any and all of us were capable of becoming as despicable as they were.”I adore historical fiction, but it is a difficult genre to master. This novel is an enthralling and exceptional example of what historical fiction should be. I will admit that I am biased; as a history teacher, I’m fascinated by WWII fiction and non-fiction, and have been to Poland to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau. Despite my bias, I think this novel would be an enjoyable read for most people. Escobar expertly describes the setting and characters while maintaining an engaging and fast-paced storyline. I also enjoyed the writing, which was staightforward but also poetic. I found myself constantly pausing to re-read sections that were written so beautifully:““It’s all coming to a close like a Shakespearean drama. Tragedy is inevitable, as if the author of the macabre theatrical work wanted to leave the audience with their jaws on the floor. The minutes are marching inexorably toward the final act. When the curtain falls again, Auschwitz will keep writing its story of terror and evil, but we will have become souls in purgatory haunting the walls of Hamlet’s castle, though unable to actually warn anybody about the crimes committed against the gypsy people.”One of the reasons many of us find WWII so intriguing is because of the ineffable horrors inflicted upon others, essentially due to ideas of superiority based on race and ethnicity. It is hard to comprehend how such tragic and brutal events could transpire. I am fascinated by the resilience of the many people who endured these horrors, and reading about them serves to remind me of my blessings, cultivate greater empathy, and take stock of what is really important in life.“Sometimes we have to lose everything to find what is most important. When life robs us of what we thought we could not live without and leaves us standing naked before reality, the essential things that had always been invisible take on their true value.”As Auschwitz Lullaby is based on true events and real people, it is brutal, honest, and heartbreaking — but it is a beautifully written testament to the strength of love and the sacrifices we make for family.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Stephanie Marie
    January 1, 1970
    "One good mother was worth more than the entire murderous machine of the Nazi regime." I'm crying. I didn't think I would, but Auschwitz Lullaby tells such an emotional and heartbreaking tale of a mother willing to do anything for her children during a particularly grim period in history, so it's hard not to feel incredibly saddened and awed after reading this book. It is by no means a perfect novel, though it certainly struck me where it hurts.Helene is truly a mother to admire, for despite be "One good mother was worth more than the entire murderous machine of the Nazi regime." I'm crying. I didn't think I would, but Auschwitz Lullaby tells such an emotional and heartbreaking tale of a mother willing to do anything for her children during a particularly grim period in history, so it's hard not to feel incredibly saddened and awed after reading this book. It is by no means a perfect novel, though it certainly struck me where it hurts.Helene is truly a mother to admire, for despite being Aryan, she went with her Gypsy children to Auschwitz because she refused to leave them. She also tended to so many other children while still managing to look out for own, which truly made her experiences as a victim of the Nazi regime immensely significant and impactful. All of the emotions of both Helene and the people she encounters in the camp within Auschwitz Lullaby are so well described, making the story even more emotional and harrowing.As remarkable as the novel is, the pacing was rather slow, and for a while it wasn't exactly holding my interest, but given that it is written in the form of Helene's diary, I do understand why it wouldn't move faster than it did. The fact that I have read so many books about the Holocaust may have also contributed my initial lack of interest, although I do think there is a uniqueness to this story that I haven't seen in others involving similar subject matter. Additionally, I thought the dialogue seemed a bit forced at times, but it didn't make the book seem any less realistic.For a while, I was expecting to rate it three stars due to the aforementioned problems I noticed throughout, but the ending truly affected me in ways I could never adequately explain. If a novel can bring me to tears, it deserves another star without question. Regardless of any issues I had with Auschwitz Lullaby, Helene's story is definitely one worth reading.I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rivalie (Le Petit Photograph)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars🎻 history: This book reminded me once again why I loved reading accounts of WWII - the horrors that went on is something that should never be forgotten. The story of Helene Hannemann is one of bravery and loyalty that had the chance to be shared with the world and should continue to be told. It's terrifying to experience through words the atrocities she and her family experienced physically and mentally.🎻 family: Helene is a German woman, pure-blood Aryan and had more than one attempt t 3.5 stars🎻 history: This book reminded me once again why I loved reading accounts of WWII - the horrors that went on is something that should never be forgotten. The story of Helene Hannemann is one of bravery and loyalty that had the chance to be shared with the world and should continue to be told. It's terrifying to experience through words the atrocities she and her family experienced physically and mentally.🎻 family: Helene is a German woman, pure-blood Aryan and had more than one attempt to escape her situation. Yet she stayed because she loved her children, because she loved her husband, and because she understood that family above all was more important than her blood. The weight of her words and her beliefs are something that will definitely stay with me for years to come.🎻 stories: While this is a fictional retelling of Helene's story, everything feels so incredibly real. The novel is set up as a set of diary entries and each entry contains an ocean of emotion that can't quite be pinpointed down. It's a story that could have been lost but was saved amidst the ashes to share that there can still be hope and humanity even in places like Auschwitz.🎻 hope: This is a continuous theme throughout the story and it seems ridiculous to be spouting hope when families are being burned in chambers a couple feet from the nursery and school. Yet it's hope and the beautiful thing that is humanity coming together that brought a group of women who have nothing in common to create a sanctuary for as long as they could.🎻: Spoilers (view spoiler)[ There isn't much of a spoiler that I can really say for this, I admired Helene standing up to Mengele, I despised Mengele's mutilation of twins, I despised the female Nazi guards and marvelled at how wide the spectrum of humanity could be. But most of all, my heart broke - over and over again for every soul lost and finally for Helene's and her family's death - they were true angels and while their bodies melted into ash, their souls for sure transcended to the heavens as the brightest stars. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsStories of this genre are some of my favorites, and I’ve read many fiction and nonfiction books about WWII, so I was excited to read this book. This is a fictional tale, but it is based on actual events and people (which are detailed at the end of the book).Helene is German, but she married a gypsy and had five children. When the police come to take away her family, Helene refuses to stay behind. The entire family ends up at Auschwitz. The book follows Helene’s time in the Gypsy camp, w 4.5 starsStories of this genre are some of my favorites, and I’ve read many fiction and nonfiction books about WWII, so I was excited to read this book. This is a fictional tale, but it is based on actual events and people (which are detailed at the end of the book).Helene is German, but she married a gypsy and had five children. When the police come to take away her family, Helene refuses to stay behind. The entire family ends up at Auschwitz. The book follows Helene’s time in the Gypsy camp, where she lives with her children. (She is unsure of what happens to her husband until late into the story.) Due to her German heritage, Helene is allowed certain privileges that the other prisoners do not have, and she has earned favor with Dr. Mengele. She does what she must do to keep her children alive, even if that means working with Dr. Mengele, often referred to as Dr. Death. The reader is shown a side of concentration camps that is not always told in other stories. As a result, this is a highly engaging read, and the story seems to fly by. It’s apparent that the author put a lot of research into this book, and he educates the reader on things not often discussed (such as the gypsy people and their treatment during WWII). It’s a difficult topic to write about, but the author handles it tactfully.On another note, the “lullaby” referenced is only mentioned once in the story. Sadly, it’s written in German and does not include a translation. Thomas Nelson does publish a lot of Christian Fiction, but this one does not fall under that category.Some poignant quotes include:• “How much suffering had come from this war and, above all, from the evil of those who believed they were superior because of the color of their skin, their background, or their language.”• “Ever since you came, a ray of hope has penetrated the camp. You may not realize it, but you’re an inspiration and a hope for all of us.”• “Death did not pause to distinguish between the guilty and the innocent.”• “Evil is much bigger than an antisocial behavior or a psychological deficiency. Above all, it is a lack of love for one’s self and for others.”• “…I would not be beaten. I would fight to the last breath. With the world falling to pieces around me, I would stand firm.”Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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  • Toni Osborne
    January 1, 1970
    Based on true historical events and real people, “Auschwitz Lullaby “brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.In a straightforward and poetic style Mr. Escobar tells an enthralling story involving the Nazi persecution of Gypsies, Jews and other minorities during WW11. Helene was a German woman married to a Gypsy man, they had five children when they were brutally removed from their home and s Based on true historical events and real people, “Auschwitz Lullaby “brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.In a straightforward and poetic style Mr. Escobar tells an enthralling story involving the Nazi persecution of Gypsies, Jews and other minorities during WW11. Helene was a German woman married to a Gypsy man, they had five children when they were brutally removed from their home and sent to Auschwitz. Helene could have evaded arrest, however she rather be with her family. This novel tells how as a German nurse under Dr. Mengele managed to keep hope in the midts of the darkness.Mr. Escobar expertly describes the setting and characters while maintaining a captivating and fast-paced storyline that is brutal, honest and heartbreaking. The author demonstrates through his words the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity even when there is no hope left. This sad journey is powerful, haunting, chilling and one that shook me to my core. The pages are filled with the evil intentions and practices of Dr. Mengele but what is more remarkable is the strength and bravery of Helene Hannemann. All through her ordeal Helene sang a beautiful lullaby to calm the children…..This is definitely not a feel good story but a well-researched one filled with details right down to the smells….it really feels as the author spent time in the camps….This is an excellent novel worth spending time readingThank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Books about the Holocaust can be especially difficult to read, especially for a reader who becomes immersed in the story and it’s characters. I was not sure I wanted to read Auschwitz Lullaby, but I am so very grateful that I have. It wasn’t just the Jews who were interned by Germany; any person deemed unfit by the definition of the state, were at risk of internment. Auschwitz Lullaby is focused on the gypsy camp interned at the infamous prison. With their dark hair and eyes, and swarthy skin th Books about the Holocaust can be especially difficult to read, especially for a reader who becomes immersed in the story and it’s characters. I was not sure I wanted to read Auschwitz Lullaby, but I am so very grateful that I have. It wasn’t just the Jews who were interned by Germany; any person deemed unfit by the definition of the state, were at risk of internment. Auschwitz Lullaby is focused on the gypsy camp interned at the infamous prison. With their dark hair and eyes, and swarthy skin they just did not fit the German ideal. This novel is based on the true story of Helene Hannemann and her five children. Helene was a German woman married to a gypsy man, something that was just not done, even before the state definition of the perfect German. When the soldier’s knocked on the door of the family apartment, Helene could have stayed back; she was not under arrest, only her husband and the five children. But, Helene refused to abandon her family, joining them on the most horrifying ride in a cattle car of a train, making the journey to Auschwitz., specifically Birkenau. Upon arrival, Helene’s husband was separated from the family; in the time of interment, Helene saw her husband only one time. Shortly after their arrival in Birkenau, a new camp commander was assigned. His name was Dr. Josef Mengele. Helene was responsible for the direction of the Camp Kindergarten, an assignment from Mengele himself. Though afraid upon her arrival at Auschwitz, Helene went on to become one of the strongest women to pass through its gates. I admire her. She was an amazing and resourceful woman, full of strong determination to protect the least of these. I’ve often wondered if I would be able to survive, not just survive, but fight to survive if something similar to the Holocaust were to occur in the United States today. Would I have the fortitude to press on? The courage? And I remember that in the world today, there are peoples and countries experiencing a “holocaust” of sorts. When The Holocaust Museum opened in Washington DC, I wanted to visit but knew the emotional impact would be strong. I finally visited about 10 years ago; to this day, I find it difficult to speak of that visit. I just want to weep. Auschwitz Lullaby had a very similar impact on me, but Helene Hannemann shows there can be light and hope even in the darkest of places.
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  • Alberto
    January 1, 1970
    Auschwitz, Mengele, una madre, cinco hijos… el drama está servido. Es evidente que con unos ingredientes como esos no puede salir un relato aburrido. Una novela corta, bien escrita, de ritmo ágil pero que se olvida igual de rápido a mi modo de ver por carecer de profundidad. Me ha sorprendido que en un campo de concentración y exterminio como Birkenau hubiera una guardería. Ideal para leer en un viaje largo.
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  • Saúl Girón
    January 1, 1970
    Impactante historia, aunque no sé si al final perdió algo de fuerza (lo q le hizo perder 1 estrella).Entiendo que los gitanos son y han sido combativos y eso, aunque no cambió su final en el asunto de los nazis, sí les permitió morir con mas dignidad (tal es el caso de esta alemana con corazon gitano), si es que eso sirve de algo. Dicho sea de paso, investigué un poco y sí encontré referencias a su existencia...Siempre me he preguntado cómo pudieron los judios entregarse tan mansamente, sin resi Impactante historia, aunque no sé si al final perdió algo de fuerza (lo q le hizo perder 1 estrella).Entiendo que los gitanos son y han sido combativos y eso, aunque no cambió su final en el asunto de los nazis, sí les permitió morir con mas dignidad (tal es el caso de esta alemana con corazon gitano), si es que eso sirve de algo. Dicho sea de paso, investigué un poco y sí encontré referencias a su existencia...Siempre me he preguntado cómo pudieron los judios entregarse tan mansamente, sin resistencia (a excepción de los varsovianos). Es tan compleja la mentalidad humana -en los seguidores-, como infinita la estupidez -de algunos líderes-.
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  • Bárbara
    January 1, 1970
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  • Angela Nunes
    January 1, 1970
    este livro vai me ficar na memória por ser a verdadeira história do amor...uma mãe com os seus filhos "mestiços",por terem um pai cigano,que são,infelizmente como muitos,presos nas teias do racismo e do preconceito vivido na época da 2º guerra.Vê se a braços com a direção da creche em Auschwitz,mas nem faz ideia que só "cozinha em banho maria" as crianças que farão parte das experiências do monstruoso Dr.Mengele.já tinha conhecimento das atrocidades que o Dr.Mengele realizou na 2ª Guerra Mundial este livro vai me ficar na memória por ser a verdadeira história do amor...uma mãe com os seus filhos "mestiços",por terem um pai cigano,que são,infelizmente como muitos,presos nas teias do racismo e do preconceito vivido na época da 2º guerra.Vê se a braços com a direção da creche em Auschwitz,mas nem faz ideia que só "cozinha em banho maria" as crianças que farão parte das experiências do monstruoso Dr.Mengele.já tinha conhecimento das atrocidades que o Dr.Mengele realizou na 2ª Guerra Mundial,mas ler um livro,onde é palpável este sofrimento e impotência de quem teve de ficar à mercê destes monstros ,é de doer o coração...não vou estragar a leitura aos outros colegas que forem ler o livro,mas só vou dizer que no fim,o amor é o mais forte sentimento que há neste mundo,principalmente,o amor verdadeiro de mãe
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    Este libro me dejo sin palabras, entre sus páginas nos muestra todo lo que pasaron esas personas en ese horrible lugar.La manera de escribir del autor es maravillosa ya que te describe todo a la perfección que te puedes imaginar todo y sentirte parte de la historia, sufrir junto con los personajes los horrores que sufrieron.Una historia muy cruel y real de lo que paso durante la segunda guerra mundial, hay que aprender de lo que se plasma en estas páginas de este libro para que nunca vuelva a pa Este libro me dejo sin palabras, entre sus páginas nos muestra todo lo que pasaron esas personas en ese horrible lugar.La manera de escribir del autor es maravillosa ya que te describe todo a la perfección que te puedes imaginar todo y sentirte parte de la historia, sufrir junto con los personajes los horrores que sufrieron.Una historia muy cruel y real de lo que paso durante la segunda guerra mundial, hay que aprender de lo que se plasma en estas páginas de este libro para que nunca vuelva a pasar.Me hizo llorar este libro muchisimo
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  • Odette Cruz
    January 1, 1970
    La primera vez que leí el nombre de este libro automáticamente pensé en el sufrimiento de los judíos y ¡oh sorpresa!. Este libro narra lo que vivieron los gitanos en Auschwitz en especial una madre y sus cinco hijos. Es admirable el valor y coraje que tuvo para mantener a sus hijos con vida. Es aterrador leer las atrocidades que un médico practicaba en nombre de la ciencia, una historia llena de fortaleza y amor por la familia. Sin duda Helena Hanemann pasa a la historia como una heroína de Ausc La primera vez que leí el nombre de este libro automáticamente pensé en el sufrimiento de los judíos y ¡oh sorpresa!. Este libro narra lo que vivieron los gitanos en Auschwitz en especial una madre y sus cinco hijos. Es admirable el valor y coraje que tuvo para mantener a sus hijos con vida. Es aterrador leer las atrocidades que un médico practicaba en nombre de la ciencia, una historia llena de fortaleza y amor por la familia. Sin duda Helena Hanemann pasa a la historia como una heroína de Auschwitz. Para mí es un libro de ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Juli Ramos
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5La historia tiene un inicio atrapante, la escritura es increíblemente fluida tratandose de una historia basada en un hecho real, lo cual por una parte me gustó pero por la otra hubiera deseado tener muchos más detalles que dejaran de lado las descripciones y se centraran en los sentimientos de Helene y su familia. Aún así, me encantó Helene y creo que es una de las mujeres más fuertes que pude leer. Pronto reseña en el blog :)
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  • Vanee Amorós
    January 1, 1970
    Después de haber leído varios libros sobre el Holocausto,no tenía ni idea sobre los campamentos gitanos ni sobre la guardería.Tampoco había leído ninguno que interactuara el dr.Mengele.Un libro muy interesante basado en hechos reales y que si sueles leer sobre este tema no debes dejar de leerlo.
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  • Gioreads
    January 1, 1970
    Un excelente libro, no cabe duda que los 40's fue una época horrible, miles de muertes, la diferencia de razas, el trato tan espantoso a la gente por ser gitano.
  • Mariana
    January 1, 1970
    Sem palavras. É de partir o coração.
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