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The Girl in the Striped Dress: A completely heartbreaking and gripping World War 2 page-turner, based on a true story by [Ellie Midwood]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B096FGQZW7
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bookouture (9 August 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2774 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 364 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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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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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 3 September 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars This heartbreaking and beautiful tale of suffering, pain, love and survival is a must read.
By Akriti Purbey on 9 August 2021
The Girl in the Striped Dress begins with the Denazification Tribunals in 1947 where a very unusual case is presented in the court about a former SS guard at Austwiz named Franz Dahler who is accompanied by his wife Helena Kleinová, a Jew inmate under his charge. The court also consists of Dr.Hoffman, a psychiatrist; Lieutenant Carter, a lawyer and Andrej Novak, a nazi hunter who wants Dahler in prison at any cost.

The story is primarily told from Dr. Hoffman's and Helena's perspective.

Helena is a Slovakian Jew who arrives at Austwiz in March 1942 to be gassed the next day. However, the same night she is chosen to sing a song for a SS officer named Franz. Franz gets enamored by her and had her and the other women shift to Kanada by cancelling their gassing.
Helena hates Franz with all her might and when she gets a letter from him telling "I fell in love with you", she is unable to bear it and shreds the letter to pieces.
But gradually, she learns of his kindness and when he saved her thrice from the gas chamber and typhus, she couldn't control the feelings developing for Franz.
In a place where people were either dead or went mad, Helena was saved by a young man's love.
And, just like that love blossomed in a place where only death was meant to be.

The psychiatrist assumed that Helena didn't actually love Franz but couldn't name the actual condition since Stockholm Syndrome wasn't discovered at that time but as the story progresses and the psychiatrist learn of the whole story, he is not sure.

The book is a rollercoaster of emotions. I have never read about WWII or the holocaust, so this book was confusing at first. But the author did a very remarkable job in research and explanation. Elle Midwood gave me enough reasons to read about WWII.

This book isn't all beautiful, it had many tearjearking incidents. The mere thought of the sufferings gave me shivers.

The book talks about everything in details. The author made sure to let the reader feel all sorts of emotions whether it's hate, pain or love.
This book provided me many details of WWII. The chapter named 'A Note On The History' tells us that it is a true story where most of the characters and incidents were real. The chapter was quite informative.

I will recommend this book to everyone. This heartbreaking and beautiful tale of suffering, pain, love and survival is a must read.
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