Top positive review
Stirring, emotional journey of 3 sisters who lived thru the Holocaust, based on a true story
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2021
By reading the Afterwards in this book you find out that these were real people (pictures included), with real situations, from happy times at home with Mumma and Grandfather Yitzchak to dangerous and treacherous times when Cibi, Magda and Livi are sent to the Nazi camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. This book should be required reading so that we never forget, nor allow it to happen again: how inhumane we can be to one another.
Told in Three parts: The Promise, The Gates of Hell and The Promised Land the three sisters tell of their life and times from teenagers to great-grandmothers. I can’t remember crying this much while reading one book. So poignant and haunting that I am confident I shall remember this book forever. Slovakian, Jewish sisters Magda and Livi recount to the author Heather Morris what they endured and the impact their experiences had on their lives. The Meller mantra: strength and hope, which is how the girls survived! The essence of the book: Cibi tells her sisters, “We are all survivors. We have all been beaten, starved and tortured, but look at us, we’re still moving, still alive.” Their survival was their justice and retribution toward the Nazis.
If you would like to read about true events during a tumultuous period of our history, read and enjoy this book. I was invited and I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through NetGalley. I would give it 10 stars if I could.