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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. She has hair of ginger and lovely green eyes, and she has just been transported with her family from Terezin to Auschwitz.
In short order, her father commits suicide, and her mother and younger brother are dispatched to the gas chambers, but 15 year old Hanka Kaudersova is still alive.
Faced with the choice of certain death in the camp or working in a German military broth She has hair of ginger and lovely green eyes, and she has just been transported with her family from Terezin to Auschwitz. Faced with the choice of certain death in the camp or working in a German military brothel on the eastern front, she chooses a chance at life. Passing as an Aryan, Hanka's days in the brothel are full of cold and hunger, fear and shame.
She is sustained by her loathing of the men who visit her and by a fierce, indomitable will to live. This devastatingly beautiful novel soars beyond the nightmare to leave the reader with a transcendent sense of hope. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 10th by Arcade Publishing first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lovely Green Eyes , please sign up. How explicit is this book? Davo Lo Schiavo The book isn't explicit, even if the situations are simply terrifying and many characters more than scary.
This is a very good book in any case and …more The book isn't explicit, even if the situations are simply terrifying and many characters more than scary. This is a very good book in any case and I do suggest it, but it's definitely for adult readers only.
See all 3 questions about Lovely Green Eyes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Lovely Green Eyes. Jan 15, Alan rated it it was amazing Shelves: novels. Beyond good and evil. The bomb that drops on an inhabited site. A town consumed by flames.
Anything that dissolves into nothing. A captured enemy division turned into ashes like those vermin at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek. The hand grenade we thrust between the legs of that Jewish prostitute. I pulled the pin and watched from a distance as she lay there, with her hands tied, screaming, and then turned into a firework. I have had holocaust deniers argue with me on Facebook.
This is beyond disgusting, it is terrifying. This novel, written by an Auschwitz survivor, tells of a 15 year old Jewish girl, nicknamed Skinny, who is mistaken for Aryan she has ginger hair and green eyes , and is able to escape Auschwitz where her family are killed and is sent to a 'field brothel' to serve soldiers on the front.
The meat of this book comes from close up views of the Nazi mindset portrayed by two officers. One, Captain Hentschel is an art loving aristocrat who is 'kind' to her and seemingly oblivious to the horrors of the final solution, giving her beer and money; the other, Obersturmfuhrer Stefan Sarazin, is Nazism personified.
That's him quoted at the start of this review. Here's some more It would be boring if it was not also exalted. Yes, brutality was exalted.. The history of the Jews was a story of cunning, fraud and deceit. They were all liars. The worst crime of the circumcised was their assertion that all men are equal. Strength was more than truth Power is the bride of the bold. The clenched fist, ready to strike the enemy, was more convincing than the outpourings of all aesthetes or the books written by the hook-nosed since the beginning of time.
It took the rounded-up men, women, children and old people well into the night before they had dug a pit big enough for 5, people.. The soldiers ordered them to strip naked.. He would never forget that night, the scent of resin, the silence of those they shot one by one or in groups.
He remembered clearly the way they fell or slipped into the pits, leaning forwards or kneeling, as the firing squad ordered them to make sure they dropped inside The soldiers were anxious not to let those merely wounded at the bottom of the pit scramble out through the mass of cooling corpses and escape under cover of darkness.
To make quite sure all were dead Sarazin gave orders for salvoes to be fired into the pit. He set his men an example by emptying several magazines himself.. He arranged for the clothes of the dead to be packed in crates. He had a special tent put up for the representatives of the local administration, including the mayor, to ensure that the men.. He hadn't blinked an eyelid when the Gestapo chief at Auschwitz-Birkenau informed him of the number of transports they processed there day and night, or of the burning of the bodies in their own fat, even though that required using precious petrol..
He was quite used to the sight of a yellowish mass of corpses interlaced with each other like plaited rolls or Christmas loaves, piled from one side of the pit to the other, a mass of arms.
Before falling asleep he relived the operation, the shots ringing in his ears - volleys, single shots - the orchestra of machine guns. But what he saw the following morning was beyond anything he had seen before - it was an image worthy of a great poet, horrible and beautiful, because exceptional It took his breath away.
The dead, piled together in wild confusion so tightly there was practically no space between them, all of them the colour of a yellowish candle, had begun to move. None of the bodies remained still. They moved in waves, they shifted like branches rocked by the wind.
He knew they were not alive.. The dead mass was moving its arms, legs and heads, hair was being ruffled, their lips and eyebrows were twitching and their eyes were being opened. Not even their genitals remained at rest, male or female, behind their pubic hair.
What was going on? He rubbed his eyes. Huge numbers of rats were scurrying among the bodies, gnawing at the dead, creeping into their mouths and other orifices, into their armpits and between their legs. There were probably more rats than bodies. The logical conclusion of eugenics and racism. Sickening, chilling. We must never forget. It is to Germany's credit that they have completely overturned this past and created a beacon of liberalism, despite the creeping resurgence of far right groups.
I said this was ridiculous victim blaming and nothing they could have done would have avoided the holocaust. She replied 'what holocaust? As a novel this is flawed, not least from a p. However I still give it 5 stars due to the power of its message, which is well articulated.
View all 3 comments. Aug 21, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: udate , holocaust , wwii , historical-fiction. Skinny is fifteen years old, Jewish and alone in Auschwitz. When faced with a decision between the gas chambers and working in a brothel, she chooses to hide her Jewishness and becomes a prostitute, servicing upwards of twelve soldiers each and every day.
LOVELY GREEN EYES
Prague-born Lustig The Bitter Smell of Almonds adds this chronicle of a resilient teenage girl to his highly regarded oeuvre of spare and haunting novels rooted in the Holocaust. The "lovely green eyes" of the title belong to year-old Hanka "Skinny" Kaudersova, a shy, ginger-haired girl and the only member of her family to avoid death in Auschwitz. At first a cleaner in a camp hospital lab where the doctor sterilizes her , she continues to evade extermination by lying about her age and her heritage passing herself as Aryan and is requisitioned as a prostitute in the German military field brothels. In a typical workday, Hanka services at least a dozen soldiers, many of whom are distraught and violent.
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