I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor

I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor

by Laura Hillman
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I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Holocust survivors this is a good book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll PLant You A Lilac Tree is an amazing book. I loved it! It really touched me and exposed me to the true story of War World II. I enjoyed this book grealty and hope others will get to read this book and love too.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You smell the smoke first, then the blood-curdling sent of human flesh. It could be your brother, your mother, your friend. You hear the shouts, and more gunshots. You always hear gunshots. You quickly pinch your cheeks, to make them look pink instead of the pale, sickly white that you normally look like. You do this to look healthy; you do this to stay alive. This is what the main character Hannelore Hillman, in the book, I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman has to go through during World War II. Hannelore is a Jewish, and she travels from camp to camp dealing with pain, sickness, death, and labor the comes with living in concentration camps. Then all starts to look good, when Dick, the man she is in love with, her best friend, and Hannelore get put on Schindler’s list. Throughout the book, she shows her bravery, courage, and faith as it is tested by one of the most horrendous events in history. I recommend this book for all ages, since it has good word choice that is not too hard. The book constantly keeps you on edge, and is great for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book after the author came to my school. It was a great read and gave me a true meaning of how lucky I am today.
Megan Jesmon More than 1 year ago
I think that this should be a book every one needs to read. I couldnt put it down on the first page. If you are reading this and thinking about buying this book i really recomend you do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book I read was called I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman. This is a story about a girl that was pulled into the holocaust because she feared the safety of her family. She was already safe at her school when her mother wrote to her telling her that her father was dead. Hannelore was terrified but she wrote a letter to a SS officer asking him to pay her way on a train to the camp that her mother, and brothers were going to. Hannelore soon found herself at a camp and falling in love. This story is a great story and would recommend it to anyone because it shows all human feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am the same age as Hannelore was when she decided to leave Berlin to stay with her family. This book was so moving and emotional for me it was both hard and irresistable for me to read. During the book you feel the pain, devotion, love, desperation, and happiness Hannelore feels. Anyone who is even the least bit intersted in this genre MUST read this book. One of my favorite parts is the reunion of Dick and Hannelore at Oskar Schindler's camp. It makes me incredibly happy to know that this story has the bittersweet ending of Dick and Hannelore going on and having a life together but she never heard from her family again. It leaves you wondering if Dick ever planted that lilac tree...... Overall the best, most well written book I have ever read and I am sure everyone who has read or is reading this book agrees with me!
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree, by Laura Hillman, is an unforgetable story about love, strength, and what happens when you believe that no matter what, good things will come. Imagine you had the choice between freedom and captivity and you chose captivity to stay with the ones you love. Hennalore Wolf chose deportation so that she could stay with her two brothers and her mom. She chose death. Faced with the choice between staying at her boarding school and being deported with her family Hennalore chose deportation, which could result in death. Some may call her foolish, her friends begged her not to go. But to me she was loyal, and showed how important her family was to her, and how much she loved them by being deported as well. I call Hennalore courageous. According to dictionary.com courage is a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, and pain without fear. To me Hennalore showed what true courage is. She put others in front of her, knowing that she could die, but she chose to be with her family. I'm sure she was scared but there was some good that came from her deportation. Hennalore fell in love with a POW officer Dick Hillman. They would meet secretly and she would tell him of home. One night he asked her what she missed most about home, and she told him of a lilac tree. Dick said, "One day, when this is over, I'll plant you a lilac bush. Parhaps it will grow old and become a tree like the one you remember." Later they were seperated and Hennalore's spirits fell when she thought that she would never see him again. Then Schindler's list was said to be adding names from Hennalore's camp. Will Hennalore's name be added to the list? Will she be reunited with Dick? This book is riviting. You take every step with Hennalore, follow her adventure, feel for her, laugh with her, cry with her. Once you start you have to know how her story is finished. I reccomend this book to young adults and adults a like. Overall this is a book worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish this memoir was longer, but with everything the author went through for over 5 years, I understand that big chunks of her memory have been erased by the horrible fear and circumstances she went through and/or witnessed. I am pleased at the ending...being married to a man also in occupied Germany and Poland. It was a feelgood "Happily ever after ending" that showed love persisted for some survivors and they carried on thier life in memory of all the terrible death or torture. It is hard for me to imagine so many evil people could exist. We do have to keep the memories alive.
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
This was a very good holocaust story. If you enjoy reading about this, you will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a compelling story, one I enjoyed very much.
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This book was ok i thought it was really sad
Devan44 More than 1 year ago
I've been reading a lot of WW2 books lately and this was a great book definitely worth your time.
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This book was better than I expect. This girls last most of her family. Endure hardship salvation and even in her most delirious moments she never game up.
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Thriftee More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and I loved it. Very sad but as soon as I started reading it I couldn't put it down.
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I loved this book. Well written and shows that hope shines in the darkest places.
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