Thanks Skadi Winter for this amazing review of Ludwika
Heart still pounding, where do I start? I have already read The Luck of the Weissensteiners’ and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ as well as ‘Sebastian’. Christoph Fischer fascinates me, not only by his very exact and meticulous research but also by his sense for the intensity and multidimensionality of women’s suffering; women’s experienced emotions while sacrificing themselves for their family and children.
Ludwika, one of approximately 12 million forced slave labourers during and shortly after WWII, contributing to the wealth of still existing companies like Siemens or the Deutsche Bank, for example; a beautiful, practical thinking young Polish woman. Beautiful as she was, she soon attracts the attention of an SS officer. During a time where it was essential for surviving to be rather invisible. Her father was MIA while the Polish troops were defeated and disarmed, leaving her with her mother, sister Stasia and daughter Irena to fend for…
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