Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, #1) by Martha Hall KellyInspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
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Why did these women from across the Atlantic Ocean praise this part-time Connectican? What did she do to earn three medals of honor from the French government, including the Legion of Honor, the highest French distinction, awarded to those who have distinguished themselves through civilian or military valor? Her parents had purchased the property as a summer home in when she was 10 years old.
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Caroline Ferriday: A Godmother to Ravensbrück Survivors
Thanks to One New England for sharing this article with us. Read the full story of Caroline Woolsey Ferriday. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed. Thank you for this heart inspiring article. Connecticut has rich heritage, and this is certainly another vivid example of it! More articles like these of great heroes and heroines and their sacrifices of yesterday in times of tremendous adversity, challenge and sacrifice are needed today to inspire a rather soft generation looking for role models.
She told her that when she was 14 years old and living in West Tisbury, she watched World War II soldiers march by on their way to train in Aquinnah. - For months, Kelly carried the Victoria magazine article with her, hoping to visit the famed lilac garden of actress Caroline Ferriday a three-hour drive north in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Carolyn Wolsey Ferriday, a philanthropist who helped to bring some Polish women who had been used by the Nazis for medical experiments, to the United States for treatment, died Tuesday at her home in Bethlehem, Conn. She was 87 years old and lived in Manhattan and at Bellamy House in Bethlehem, an historic landmark. Miss Ferriday, who began her career as an actress in the 's and later turned to philanthropy, was a staunch supporter of the French Resistance during World War II. In the 's, with the aid of Norman Cousins of Saturday Review magazine and others, she helped to bring a number of Polish survivors of Nazi medical experiments to this country for treatment. The women were known as ''lapins,'' or rabbits, and had been inmates at the Ravensbruck concentration camp near Berlin in World War II.
In her parents purchased what is now known as the Bellamy-Ferriday House where the family would spend their summers, after spending their winters in New York City. Caroline Ferriday's acting debut was in Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice, in the role of Balthazar. She visited Warsaw, Poland in to meet the women and make initial preparation for their trip, and visited again that same year with Dr. William Hitzig, who had also aided the Hiroshima Maidens, for a medical assessment of their needs. She wrote three articles about the Rabbits who considered her to be a dear friend, even calling her 'godmother'. The women visited from December to December and went all over the country, staying with host-families and received their medical procedures, and Caroline herself hosting four women for Christmas. In the summer of , they met up for a cross-country trip, touring all the way from San Francisco to New York City, with a special stop in Washington, D.
Why did these women from across the Atlantic Ocean praise this part-time Connectican? What did she do to earn three medals of honor from the French government, including the Legion of Honor, the highest French distinction, awarded to those who have distinguished themselves through civilian or military valor? Her parents had purchased the property as a summer home in when she was 10 years old. Caroline lived in New York City during the winters and spent summers in Bethlehem, where she was particularly devoted to her garden and pursued her many philanthropic interests. Ferriday was a lifelong Francophile. French General Charles de Gaulle, having escaped to Britain when the Nazis invaded France, in gave a BBC radio address that invigorated the resistance spirit of everyday people and gave birth to the Free France movement.