Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

The Nazis think Helene Hannemann is crazy for choosing to go with her family when they’re sent to Auschwitz. Helene is the Aryan ideal, while her husband and children are Romani. Her journey becomes a constant endeavor to maintain her human dignity in Auschwitz Lullaby by author Mario Escobar.

Every so often, I have to read something heavy like this novel, which is based on a true story.

No, it’s not at all a feel-good read. It’s an account of unjust imprisonment. Deprivation. Sickness. Violence. Murder. It illustrates just how depraved, degenerate, and twisted people can become when they sell their souls for ideals based on hatred and fear.

Yet, it also illustrates how people can choose not to give into others’ depravity, how they can choose internal dignity and compassion. And the hope in a story like this finds its landing place in the reader: remember the past, learn from it, and don’t let anything steal your humanity and humaneness.

“They can only keep our bodies locked up, this mess of bones and flesh that slowly turns to dust, but never our souls.”


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