Wednesday, October 31, 2012

'Elsa' Book Tour - Review


Elsa Baum dreamed of moving away from Germany a country she had watched everyday being dragged deeper into war by Adolf Hitler.

Everyone was under his spell, listening and believing in everything he told them. Elsa and her close friends were the exception, they despised the Nazi’s and were soon to learn the extent of their hatred towards others they considered a threat to their ideology of the perfect superior race. After a chance meeting with the daughter of a high ranking Nazi, feelings developed and she found herself a part of the minority the Nazis were trying to eradicate.

“I don’t want my story to inspire people nor make them sad; I want it to educate them because hate, homophobia and racism still exist today, and although the chance of another event like the Holocaust is rare; the world will never be rid of the foundations that cause hatred among us.

— Elsa Baum”

**My thoughts**

This is a book that caught me off guard. I love stories about the Holocaust. It is a sick obsession of mine and so many others, that began back in the days of reading about Anne Frank. The horrors faced by those persecuted by the Nazis are still unimaginable to me, no matter how much I have read and seen.

The majority of those tortured were the Jews. Little attention has been given to those who were theoretically a part of the pure Aryan race, until they did something to shame their families. Elsa and her friends were the daughters of fine upstanding officers in the Nazi regime. Their love and acceptance of each other and those who were different caused them to lose everything. In a time where we strive to love everyone for who they are and to accept those who are different, it is frightening to fathom being tortured or even killed for those beliefs. It does still happen today, all over the world.

The timeline of this book is quite rushed, yet feels so much longer. You will be appalled by the horrors endured by Elsa and her friends. You may even shed a few tears with them and for them. You will reexamine your own beliefs and outlook on the world and this haunting time in history. 

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