Saturday, July 2, 2011
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Although this book is fiction, it is based on the real life holocaust of people in Europe by the Soviets at the time of World War II. This story follows Lina, a 15 year old Lithuanian girl who is taken from her home along with her younger brother and mother. For weeks they ride in a train car across the Soviet Union packed in with so many other people there is little room to move. Each time the train stops more and more dead bodies are thrown out of the other cars. When the train finally arrives at its final destination Lina finds that they have persevered only to be locked into a work camp with very little food. The only way to survive is to sign a pledge admitting that you are guilty of crimes or to do other, even more unspeakable things. This story seems similar given all the Nazi holocaust literature out there but this is a story of a different atrocity which has received very little attention but which is just as heartbreaking.