“Even in hell, they found enough hope to help them fulfill a promise.” ~ Heather Morris
Heather Morris concludes The Tattooist of Auschwitz series with another shocking and inspiring novel, Three Sisters. Based on the lives of the Meller sisters — Cibi, Magda, and Livi — the book reminds readers that even amid darkness and the most horrific circumstances, family is always worth fighting for! A journey of survival, loss, hope, and restoration, Three Sisters recounts the sisters’ lives, held together by an unbreakable promise to care for one another and never let anything separate them.
“The three of you are stronger together, you must never forget that.” ~ Heather Morris
As the tensions of World War II increase, the rumors that the Nazis are rounding up teens for work becomes a reality in the Meller family’s small Slovakian town. Determined to keep their vow to their father, the sisters will do whatever it takes to stay together. However, when Livi (15 years old) is selected to be transported to Auschwitz, Cibi (19 years old) follows her, refusing to let anything but death tear her away from her sister. Meanwhile, Magda (17 years old) is saved by a local doctor and remains in their hometown, frequently hiding from the Nazis and praying for her sisters’ safety.
Thrust into horror beyond your worst nightmares, Cibi and Livi must learn how to navigate and survive the Nazi’s infamous death camp, the hope of being reunited with Magda driving them to live another day. Nevertheless, as one year turns into two, the sisters become weary. Will they ever be free and reunited with Magda? What has happened to the rest of their family? If they do survive, will they be able to move past the trauma?
“The story of these three sisters, Cibi, Magda and Livia, is an amazing tale of wits and courage. Their incredible survival, their arrival to and settlement in Israel, and their thriving ‘tribe,’ are all evidence of their victory.” ~ Yossi Lahva (Lang)
As I read Three Sisters, the magnitude of the heinous acts of anti-Semitism and persecution struck me. It seemed wholly unfair that I should be reading this book in the comfort of my home while the sisters were starving and suffering. Yet, a part of me was also filled with deep gratitude because through the survivors’ strength, the roads of Israel were paved for our generation to dwell in the Promised Land we see today!
While I didn’t connect to this book as much as Heather Morris’ other publications, the Meller sisters’ story deserves to be read. Written in the third person, the novel didn’t flow as well as The Tattooist of Auschwitz or Cilka’s Journey; however, the scenes and atmosphere changed whenever Magda was present. I’m not sure if this is because the author felt more connected to her or because Magda was the hope and glue that held the sisters together. No matter, as I spoke to Heather (Click here to watch) and understood the purpose of this novel, I knew that it was a significant piece of literature that people need to read. It doesn’t matter who you are; the way the Jews and those who didn’t fit into Hitler’s “Aryan” vision were treated should never be justified or repeated!
“‘We are all survivors,’ Cibi tells her sisters. ‘We have all been beaten, starved and tortured, but look at us, we’re still moving, still alive.'” ~ Heather Morris
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a pre-release copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!*
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