I purchased this book having heard Iby Knill speak about her experiences. I was not disappointed and I wasn't able to put it down until I'd finished it.
Having read (or started to read) other survivor accounts of the Holocaust, I was really glad that the book didn't dwell on some of the truly awful things which happened. Instead it has a real focus on the story of a survivor and so the determination and will to survive of the author carried me through the difficult bits. I must admit that I have begun the autobiographies of other Holocaust survivors and never completed them because I didn't feel able to.
The part of the book I enjoyed most was the section after the War when the author worked for the British army (and met her future husband), but of course that section of the book works so well because it is such a contrast to what happened in the camps. It was really wonderful to see that the author was able to marry and have children afterwards - not that it lessened the pain of what happened - but it proved that she was able to rebuild her life.
I think I will always be grateful that Iby Knill has been able to share her story, in such a dignified way, both by speaking about it and writing about it. It was only after reading the book that I was aware of the conclusions one can draw from her story. She doesn't say,'Your problems are smaller than mine were and I was able to rebuild my life', but one takes it to heart anyway... I think that is the mark of a good writer and speaker - someone who can use their own experience to help others in such a way that they don't feel lectured at but helped.
I would recommend the book to teenagers and above (I think younger readers would struggle to relate to the subject material in a meaningful way).