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Publisher's Summary

This story is dedicated to all the victims of sexual slavery in German concentration camps, who had to endure inhumane suffering under the Nazi regime. For many years after the atrocities had been committed, both sides - the abusers and the abused - still vehemently denied certain aspects of the Holocaust, and even the victims refused to admit the ugly truth about their incarceration, some out of fear, some out of shame, until several women decided to break an unofficial oath of silence, and brought their stories to life. This book is based on one of those stories. Emilia is a young Jewish woman, whose life slowly turns into a nightmare as she finds herself facing a dreadful choice: to secure her family's very existence by offering herself to one of the men who had put her behind the walls with barbed wire, or perish together with the least fortunate ones. Only, the Krakow ghetto and her very first abuser pale in comparison to what is yet to come, as she's being sent to a place that soon will turn into her own personal hell and that will scar her for life.

©70 years Ellie Midwood (P)2018 Ellie Midwood

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Brilliant and touching

What made the experience of listening to Emilia the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great and managed to deliver every emotion. The story itself was simple beautiful and extremely touching.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emilia?

I really loved the ending as it helped Emilia get her happy ending

What about Sofia Willingham’s performance did you like?

Her voice was beautiful and she helped me feel every emotion of the this story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole story moved me

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The emotions that this book will tear from you!!!

Where does Emilia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far the most emotional audio book I have ever listened to. The main character, Emilia, goes through so many horrifying moments, and hearing it brought to life is heartbreaking!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emilia?

Listening to Emilia talk about what life was like at the camp, and what she and her friend went through was so emotional!

Have you listened to any of Sofia Willingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know that I've listened to her work before, but I fully plan to find more of her work.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This story made a tear come to my eye several times!

Any additional comments?

Ellie Midwood is an amazing author to begin with, and hearing this story out loud is an amazing experience!!

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Great Story!

I loved this book for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that it presents topics about survival and the holocaust that I have never heard before and I have read many many books on the holocaust and the human experience. Another main reason I like this book is that it kept my interest from beginning to end!

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Powerful and haunting!

I couldn't get enough of this story even though it was difficult to listen to certain parts of it. It's not overly graphic but graphic enough to paint a picture of the atrocities that were happening in most of the camps and ghettos, and which are still unfortunately dismissed as fiction by some people. Emilia's character is incredibly real; the others - deep and complex, even the perpetrators themselves. The atmosphere felt so real, I was actually there, even though I wish I wasn't. Another thing that I enjoyed tremendously was the "Liberation" part, which deals with Europe that is picking up pieces after the war and, just like the others, Emilia tries to come to terms with her past and find her place in this new world. Incredibly powerful and haunting, this story is brilliantly written and narrated! Thank you.

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A touching and important book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! It tells the story of the Holocaust from a woman's point of view, which is rare to these types of books, and it certainly needs to be talked about and remembered.

What did you like best about this story?

How real Emilia was. I could feel every emotion of hers and live through every event, shown through her eyes. It wasn't overly graphic, but I learned enough about what was going on in German concentration camps. Also, I was really happy that the story ended the way it did. Emilia deserved her happiness after everything she's been through.

What does Sofia Willingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The emotions, the intonations, how I could imagine everything as she narrated the story. Sometimes I was getting actual shivers because the story affected me so much. It was dark, horrifying at times but so incredibly touching. Also, I loved the different accents she imitated! She did a fabulous job!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did make me cry in a few places. Sometimes I had to pause it because I was getting too emotional and needed a break.

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