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Auschwitz, 1943: In the depths of hell, can hope rise? And can love triumph over hatred?
Based on the unforgettable true story of Alma Rosé, The Violinist of Auschwitz brings to life one of history’s most fearless, inspiring and courageous heroines. Alma’s bravery saved countless lives, bringing hope to those who had forgotten its meaning…
In Auschwitz, every day is a fight for survival. Alma is inmate 50381, the number tattooed on her skin in pale blue ink. She is cooped up with thousands of others, torn from loved ones, trapped in a maze of barbed wire. Every day people disappear, never to be seen again.
This tragic reality couldn’t be further from Alma’s previous life. An esteemed violinist, her performances left her audiences spellbound. But when the Nazis descend on Europe, none of that can save her…
When the head of the women’s camp appoints Alma as the conductor of the orchestra, performing for prisoners trudging to work as well as the highest-ranking Nazis, Alma refuses: “they can kill me but they won’t make me play”. Yet she soon realizes the power this position offers: she can provide starving girls with extra rations and save many from the clutches of death.
This is how Alma meets Miklos, a talented pianist. Surrounded by despair, they find happiness in joint rehearsals, secret notes, and concerts they give side by side––all the while praying that this will one day end. But in Auschwitz, the very air is tainted with loss, and tragedy is the only certainty… In such a hopeless place, can their love survive?
This devastatingly heartbreaking yet beautifully hopeful tale proves that even in the darkest of days, love can prevail––and give you something to live for. Fans of The Choice, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Orphan Train will lose their hearts to this magnificent tale.
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Readers absolutely love Ellie Midwood:
“Oh, my heart!… Beautiful, chilling, terrifying, and hopeful… Midwood is a wonder with words––I am so in love with her writing… I cried quite a few times while reading this, so have tissues at the ready! And her descriptions of life in the ghetto and the daily struggle to survive were real and visceral… I loved every second I spent with this book and cannot wait for more from Ellie Midwood!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“An amazing tale of courage and love in the face of evil and death. I highly recommend this book. You won't forget it once you've read it. It is powerful historical fiction that literally bleeds off the page and becomes a part of you.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The writing is gorgeous, the story is atmospheric, and the characters feel so real, like I could reach out and touch them. And as usual, Midwood's story has that ‘it-factor’ that just sucks you right into the story from page one… Midwood weaves this story together masterfully!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I don’t think I could give this story enough praise! Rich with historical accuracy and vivid emotions, this is a love story for the ages. With beautiful writing, Miss Midwood is able to create an atmosphere in her story that is both tragic and compelling.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“I have just sobbed my way through the last 30–40% of this book and shall have the mother of all book hangovers now I've finished… An incredibly moving book that I highly recommend.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐