A riveting, spellbinding, sad, heartbreaking, page-turning read!! Olga Lengyel's memoir of her years as a prisoner of war in Auschwitz and Birkenau during the German occupation is at best brutually honest, forthright and glaringly real. It is truly, truly hard to fathom that people actually survived this very dark period of history. I only wish her family had lived with her and couldn't even begin to understand how you learn to continue to live on after enduring something like that.
The book is a testament to Olga's immense strength, courage, bravery, vigour, and the sheer guts it took to live through the years of torture, death and humiliation that she did. I pray that nothing like this EVER, EVER happens again. Can we not learn to live peaceful lives beside each other with our fellow human beings?
During the entire memoir, I felt for her, sympathized with her, honoured her and give her a standing ovation for having the courage to even sit down and pen this memoir which must have been terribly painful for her to do. This is a book everyone should read and one that has now become part of my permanent collection.
February 3, 2011