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Hillman, Laura “I will plant you a lilac tree”

Hillman, Laura “I will plant you a lilac tree: a memoir of a Schindler’s list survivor”


Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…


For decades, I have admired Atheneum Books for Young Readers (NY, London, Toronto & Sydney). “I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree: a memoir of a Schindler’s list survivor” by Laura Hillman   (2005; ISBN 0-689-86980-0) admirably upholds their honored tradition for young readers.

I cannot understand how anyone can deny that the holocaust happened. History has documented the brutality of the Christian Crusades, the Armenian Massacre of 1914, and of course, you know who is currently lopping off heads to mention a few atrocities. I have no doubt of man’s inhumanity to man. The issue is how to prevent such events from ever happening to any group of people.

A huge thank you to Laura Hillman for writing this memoir. I know how writing a memoir opens up so many memories one would rather leave forgotten; however, this is written in language to appeal to teenagers, as well as, adults. I liked the way Lesley LePage read this story and hope to find more books narrated by her. Kudos to her for pronouncing all those foreign words.



I will plant you a lilac tree: a memoir of a Schindler’s list survivor DBC16342

Hillman, Laura. Reading time: 4 hours, 48 minutes.

Read by Lesley LePage. A production of Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library.



World History and Affairs


Presents the true story of a young girl from a Polish ghetto who was sent to a series of concentration camps and survived the war after being placed on Schindler’s List, finally marrying a fellow survivor. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. For junior and senior high.



Laura Hillman (born Hannelore Wolff; October 16, 1923) is a German-born American survivor of Holocaust concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau.She is also a Schindlerjude, who survived with the help of Oskar Schindler.She is also a writer and memoirist, as well as a lecturer on the Holocaust, and a former docent at the Long Beach Museum of Art.


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