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ARC Book Review: The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz by Ellie Midwood #NetGalley

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Title: The Girl Who Escaped Auschwitz
Author: Ellie Midwood
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format Read: Kindle
Release Date: 9th March 2021

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in the exchange for an honest review!

Plot Outline: Millions of people walked through Auschwitz’s gates, but she was the first woman who escaped. This powerful novel tells the inspiring true story of Mala Zimetbaum, whose heroism will never be forgotten, and whose fate altered the course of history…

Nobody leaves Auschwitz alive.

Mala, inmate 19880, understood that the moment she stepped off the cattle train into the depths of hell. As an interpreter for the SS, she uses her position to save as many lives as she can, smuggling scraps of bread to those desperate with hunger.

Edward, inmate 531, is a camp veteran and a political prisoner. Though he looks like everyone else, with a shaved head and striped uniform, he’s a fighter in the underground Resistance. And he has an escape plan.

They are locked up for no other sin than simply existing. But when they meet, the dark shadow of Auschwitz is lit by a glimmer of hope. Edward makes Mala believe in the impossible. That despite being surrounded by electric wire, machine guns topping endless watchtowers and searchlights roaming the ground, they will leave this death camp.

A promise is made––they will escape together or they will die together. What follows is one of the greatest love stories in history…

Mala ‘Mally’ Zimbetbaum
Edward ‘Edek’ Galinski


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review: This is a book that shock every part of my soul; I have always found it is one thing to learn about the Holocaust at school, but to read a book full of emotion, feelings, horrors and forgiveness truly brought me to tears.

The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz is a powerful resemblance to the truth of the past, which highlights the horrors and daily lives that the Jewish, Polish, Russian communities had to endure everyday until they were released, whether that be through death or liberation. We follow the lives and sacrifices of two characters in particular, Mally Zimetbaum 19880 and Edward Galinski 531. Through the journey of this book, these two characters influenced and touched upon so many inmates and SS Soldiers lives that they lead the resistance to turn against the SS Soldiers and lead the revolution on 7th October 1944; we learn even more so, that the people that were being held in these camps are not defined by their numbers, but by the people that they are.

Truly, when you read this book, you will find opinions and thoughts be brought to the surface, which is a good thing as this is the effect a book defining the past should do. Hug your family members tonight, I know I will be after reading this.

Happy Reading, x

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