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Strings [Kindle Edition]

Sheryle Criswell Sturdevant
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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This is the fictional story of 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 163 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Writer's Exchange E-Publishing (9 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z0D3II
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful book 19 Feb 2011
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I originally purchased this book as I was under the impression that it was one of the various Holocaust survivor testimonies currently available for the Kindle. However, this book is not a factual testimony but a novel written in the style of a survivor testimony.

Now immediately you can think one of two things:

1) I didn't want a novel, should I continue?
2) How will a novelist treat such a sensitive subject area?

After finishing the book, I would definitely recommend it to others who usually read Holocaust survivor testimonies. The author fully respects the historicity of the period and does not overdramatize nor sensationalise. Indeed at certain moments, I felt as if I was reading a factual testimony and not a novel.

The story is narrated by a woman looking back in time on her experiences in Poland, beginning just before the invasion of her country when she was still a child. Her family is swiftly relocated to a ghetto before being transported to Auschwitz. It is a tale of ultimate degradation, brutality, loss, hunger, but most importantly, of survival. The book ends with a poignant climactic scene which was a truly beautiful conclusion to this excellent read.

The book is very short and can be read in a single sitting but it is packed with descriptive prose and rife with emotion. This is an excellent novel, and one which will help to raise awareness of these terrible crimes. Whilst a novel can never seek to replace a survivor testimony in terms of the raw emotive power of the narration, books like these can only help to prevent the Holocaust from fading into the mists of obscure and forgotten history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting 27 Dec 2011
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First off, I thought this was a good price (£2.18 if I remember correctly) until after download when I realised this is a short story. It took me a couple of hours on a lazy Boxing Day afternoon.

The story was nicely written, but I really felt like it was a poor imitation of some of the description in Schindlers List. I probably won't read it again as there are lots of other novels out there that don't feel rushed.
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Please can you tell me why I have not received this item I am not very pleased about the service that I am getting
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story 8 July 2013
By pickles
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Amazing story of one girls struggle to deal with the worse she has ever been though. Heart-warming and make you wanna cry at time. Brilliant to read and highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 13 Jun 2013
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I read lots of books about the holocaust. Not the cheeriest subject to get gripped on I know.
I really liked this book, the way it was written and they way the story evolves is amazing.
If you have not read any thing about the holocaust before this book is a good place to star.
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