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Saving the Schindler's Daughter (Hardback)

How Courageous Women Rescued an Orphaned Girl from French Concentration Camps

P&S History WWII Women of History

By Douglas Boyd
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 20 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399060790
Published: 14th November 2023

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Lore Schindler was ten years old when her dentist father Harry was arrested by the Gestapo in Berlin and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. His wife Grete bought his release by giving all their possessions to the Nazi state. Leaving Germany with just 10 Marks each, parents and daughter suffered humiliating strip searches at the border.

This was the start of Lore’s ordeal. In her first French concentration camp, her mother died. Her father also died in another camp. Orphaned and ill in the huge camp at Gurs, she was saved by prisoner-nurse Schwester Käte, but would later have starved to death, had not two sisters – Elsie and Marthe Liefmann – ‘adopted’ her, found food and made her eat it. Elsbeth Kasser was a Swiss-German social worker in the camp who gave her treats of milk and Swiss cheese to build up ‘the thinnest girl in the camp’. Another social worker, Elisabeth Hirsch used a forged identity card to get Lore out of the camp and took her to La Maison de Moissac, a children’s home in SW France run by her sister Shatta Simon.

There, several hundred refugee children were hidden from the Nazi occupiers and French fascists who wanted to send the children to the death camps in Poland. When it became unsafe to stay in Moissac, Lore was adopted by pianist Hélène Gribenski, living in a remote village. When that too became unsafe, she moved her little family into a primitive hovel in the forest to await the Allied victory.

That Lore survived was due to these courageous women, who risked their own lives to save hers. After the war, she found love in an Israeli kibbutz and moved with her American husband to New York, becoming a librarian with Brooklyn Public Library. No borrowers ever guessed what her adolescence and burgeoning womanhood had been like in a terrifying land whose language she could not even speak.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This books tells a true story about a saving life of a young girl during Holocaust. It describe the whole rescuing operation of freeing the girl from concentration camp. The book is well-written and very engaging, but some part are difficult to read due to content of it. Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Meg Gajda

A very touching story about a young girl rescued from hell. It was well written and engaging. It was absolutely harrowing at times but I would recommend this book to someone interested in knowing more about the holocaust.

NetGalley, Lilly Bee

This is a story that can never be forgotten and should be told in schools etc. A courageous story from WW2.

NetGalley, Nessa Thompson

This book offers a powerful and emotionally resonant journey through a lesser-known but equally important chapter in history.

NetGalley, Lauren Johnson

A touching and heartwarming read how a young girl was saved by total strangers from certain death in a concentration camp. How she endured the hardships and atrocities was inspirational. This is a great read.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a fantastic book and I am grateful for the opportunity to read it early. From the beginning of the book, I was caught up in Lore Schindler's powerful story. I think this book did a remarkable job of telling Lore's story and reminding audiences of the horrors that occurred during the Holocaust. I think this is a must read for history fans and anyone else interested in learning more about atrocities that occurred during this time period. I will definitely be recommending this book to others.

NetGalley, Joseph Bruce

About Douglas Boyd

Douglas Boyd’s historical writing began with scripting dramatic reconstructions when a BBC Television staff producer/director. For the past 30 years he has been writing full-time, based in the Plantagenet heartland of southwest and western France. His books have been translated into seventeen languages.

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