In Ellie Midwood's gripping historical novel, I Have to Save Them, readers are transported to the heart-wrenching realities of Auschwitz in 1942. The story, inspired by the true account of Orli Reichert, a German resistance fighter, unfolds a narrative rich in courage, moral dilemmas, and an unyielding quest for justice.
Midwood masterfully captures the essence of Auschwitz’s harrowing atmosphere, enveloping the reader in a world where every breath is a battle between life and death. The protagonist, Orli, is a beacon of resilience and bravery. Betrayed and abandoned, she finds herself in the nightmarish landscape of Auschwitz, yet her role as a nurse offers a glimmer of hope amidst the despair. This hope, however, is quickly overshadowed by the grim realization of her assignment under Dr. Josef Mengele, infamously known as The Angel of Death.
The moral complexity of Orli's situation is what sets this novel apart. Midwood does not shy away from the heart wrenching choices Orli faces. Her struggle is not just against the external horrors of the camp, but also the internal turmoil of aiding in Mengele’s cruel experiments to ensure her survival. This conflict is portrayed with a raw honesty that resonates deeply, making Orli's character both tragic and heroic.
What makes I Have to Save Them particularly compelling is its rootedness in historical accuracy. Midwood's extensive research is evident in every detail, crafting a setting that is both authentic and immersive. The fog-laden forests, the frostbitten grounds of Auschwitz, and the palpable fear of the inmates contribute to an atmosphere that is as haunting as it is historical.
The novel also explores the theme of resistance in the face of overwhelming evil. Orli's realization that her work against tyranny is far from over even within the walls of Auschwitz is both inspiring and tragic. Her determination to thwart Mengele's atrocities, risking everything, adds a layer of suspense and urgency to the narrative. This aspect of the story highlights the unbreakable human spirit and the courage to stand against injustice, even in the darkest of times.
I Have to Save Them is not just a tale of survival; it's a testament to the power of resistance and the resilience of the human spirit. Midwood's portrayal of Orli's internal conflict and her brave defiance in the face of unimaginable horrors is both moving and empowering. The novel serves as a reminder of the atrocities of war and the incredible strength of those who fought against it, often with nothing but their will and courage.
This novel is a must-read for fans of World War II historical fiction, offering not only a deeply engaging story but also a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.
About the Book
Auschwitz, 1942: Her entire body trembles as she stands in the infirmary and realises the horrifying truth. She’s a nurse, but instead of saving her fellow inmates, she’s about to be ordered to kill them…
Surrounded by thick fog from the nearby forest, Orli stumbles from the cattle truck onto the frostbitten grounds of Auschwitz. Betrayed by her own husband for being a German resistance fighter, she has no one left in the world, and this is now her home.
Orli breathes a sign of relief when her nursing skills mean she’s assigned to work in the infirmary. Even in this hell on earth, she can still try to save some lives. But when she’s instructed to assist Dr Josef Mengele, she soon learns that he is known as The Angel of Death, and is the most feared man in Auschwitz. At his evil hands, thousands of inmates are cruelly killed and experimented on. And if Orli is to survive, she will have to help him. But how can she live with herself if she sentences her fellow inmates to death?
As she stares into his eyes, she soon realises her resistance work is not over. She has to stay and find a way to stop this monster—even if that means she will pay the ultimate price.
Inspired by the incredible true story of Orli Reichert, this unforgettable World War Two novel brings to life the powerful tale of a woman who risked everything to fight against evil. Fans of The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz will be utterly gripped by this unputdownable page-turner.
About Ellie Midwood
Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author, whose works have been translated into 14 languages. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl.
Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, "The Girl from Berlin." Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.
In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their two dogs.
Readers' Favorite - winner in the Historical fiction category (2016) - "The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife" (first place)
Readers' Favorite - winner in the Historical fiction category (2016) - "The Austrian" (honorable mention)
New Apple - 2016 Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing - "The Austrian" (official selection)
Readers' Favorite - winner in the Historical fiction category (2017) - "Emilia"
Readers' Favorite - winner in the Historical fiction category (2018) - "A Motherland's Daughter, A Fatherland's Son"
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