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This tragic tale concerns two Jewish women living in Hamburg in Nazi Germany before WW2, Ellen Kaempfer and Betty Holstein, and a non-Jewish woman, Elfriede Mollenhauer, who tried to help them. Ellen and Betty were to be deported by cattle train, which meant standing room only, a journey that would take days. They were to be taken from Hamburg to a work camp in Poland, a journey without food or drink, with only a bucket for a toilet. 

Before they left, Ellen gave Elfriede, who was an active member of the German underground, a package for safekeeping, an undertaking that, if discovered, could lead to a long term of imprisonment in a German work camp or even death. After their deportation in October 1941, Ellen and Betty found themselves working in the notorious labor camp Litzmannstadt in Poland, having no idea what cruel and horrible fate awaited them.

©2016 Ellen Elizabeth Dudley (P)2018 Gretchen W. Steen

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Heart Wrenching and Wonderfully Performed

The true experiences are almost unbelievable, but so relevant - we must not forget. Author Ellen Elizabeth Dudley captures the horror of lives torn by the ravages of war, and enduring hope. Narrator Veleka Gray was superb. She truly captured characters. This is an important story that needed to be told.

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Sad, Heartbreaking

A heartbreaking tale which recounts just one of the millions of tragic stories of the Holocaust.

The story is well written and I became involved with the characters and their tragedy.

Veleka Gray does a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice is very pleasant and emotive. She has an excellent feel for character and dialogue. Just first rate.

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A Heartbreaking, Moving Story

This accounting of the Holocaust will tear at your heart from start to finish. Based on true events, it is told with vivid clarity and resolve. Ms. Veleka Gray's narration is absolutely perfect, given the subject, it was, no doubt, a very hard story to tell. Thank you to both the author and narrator for a very excellent work.

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True Holocaust story brought back to life

I think it's difficult for people today to believe how anyone could be as odious as the leaders of Nazi Germany, but historical accounts like this one remind one that it was true and must never be allowed to happen again. For those who don't want to admit that human nature can be so repulsive, I invite you to look no further than to what is happening right now in North Korea, then recall George Santayana's words: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

I was deeply moved by the events suffered by the real people in this book. My gratitude to Ellen Dudley for bringing this story to light with such sensitivity. Also kudos to narrator Veleka Gray for her heartfelt rendering of such tragic circumstances.

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Fiction

Not a very well written book. Complete fiction for 99% of the story. I was not impressed. It felt forced.

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