Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Lilac Girls (August 2019)

By Martha Hall Kelly

August 14, 2019

Based on the real-life story of a New York socialite who championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the Rabbits, this acclaimed debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.

Caroline Ferriday is a former Broadway actress and liaisons to the French consulate whose life is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939 – and then sets its sights on France.  An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, sinks deeper into her role as a courier for the underground resistance movement.  In Germany, Herta Oberheuser, a young doctor, answers an ad for a government medical position – only to find herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of those three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women

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