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This is fifteen-year-old Hanna Berkenski's journey from her family's tiny apartment in the Warsaw Ghetto, through the awful night she spends in a cattle-car with her mother and sister, to her three years as a violinist in the welcoming orchestra at Auschwitz.

The real horror begins as the train arrives at Auschwitz. Hanna's first impression is of a warm welcome because of the flowers and sunshine and music. She has been told she will be spending the next few weeks in a "work" camp until her family is reunited and relocated. Even the snowflakes make her feel a sense of relief...until she realizes they are not snowflakes at all, but ash.

Hanna is taken to Building 11, where the "welcoming" orchestra women are housed. Her red hair is shaved, her arm tattooed, and she is given a blue skirt, a white blouse, and a violin. She is also given a gray dress, which she wears when she is not performing. And then she spends three years in Hell.

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February 2nd, 2015
A wonderful book full of sadness, loss and heartache; but hope seems always within reach. I loved this story.
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Strings
December 6th, 2014
A short but poignant recall of the Holocaust through the eyes of a teenaged girl. A very sad recollection of course.
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September 14th, 2014
Must read. Gripping story. Sad it had to be true.
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August 2nd, 2014
It brings out yet again the barbaric actions of the Germans during this period and must be spoke about till the world ends and never, ever be forgotten and forgiven
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April 14th, 2014
The simplicity of the writing made this account of atrocities an even more powerful read. Readit in one sitting. Very moving.
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Strings
November 11th, 2013
What an amazing author. I got chills and felt like I was really in Auschweitz with Hannah. An absolutely amazing book. It is just so unfortunate that this is a true story!
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