Franci’s War, initially written in the 1970s by Franci herself, retells her life in Prague, former Czechoslovakia, before, during, and after World War II.
Franci’s story tells of how she and her family were caught in the middle of the war. They were separated and incarcerated in several concentration camps as a Jewish family, including Terezin and Auschwitz, until liberation by the British army in April 1945. The story does a great job at narrating some of the less known details of such a hard time.
The book is one single emotional journey. I enjoyed it as much as a person can enjoy a book regarding the Holocaust. The author goes into great details, and I was instantly drawn into Franci’s story. With help from her friends, her observational skills, quick thinking, and somewhat just by luck, she remained when very few did. She does a great job of painting a striking picture of everything that happened through her young life.
One thing I especially liked was – as she enters the first concentration camp, she steps outside of herself and starts telling the story through the eyes of an observer because that is how she made it through. When war is eventually over, and she is finally safe, she returns to herself and her own voice. It was a fantastic perception that genuinely made the book much more authentic. Also, personal photos and memorabilia was a nice touch to the reader.
A must-read for understanding the terrors of the Holocaust from a woman’s perspective and for everyone interested in Word War II history.
4 stars out of 5 from 🧔
Thank you @michaeljbooks for copy 💖