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The Real Heroes of Lilac Girls

Last night a Goodreads reader named Cynthia posted a question on my page: “What will you do if Lilac Girls wins The Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award?” I told Cynthia I would shout it to the rooftops since my goal in writing the book was to get the word out about this incredible group of Polish political prisoners, The Rabbits, who endured so much after surviving Nazi experiments at Ravensbruck.

That is so true, but this morning I woke up thinking of another special group of women, the Rabbits who didn’t survive. Nine young women who also lived through the brutal experiments but were marched, some of them carried, since they were still recovering, to the shooting wall and executed. All because they volunteered in the Polish underground to sabotage the Nazi effort. image-15-2

It has been a teary morning assembling their pictures,  such lovely young women who never had a chance at life, but I wanted to post their faces and names so we can remember and honor them for their courage and dedication to fighting the Nazis, for standing up for what is right.

Thank you for supporting Lilac Girls. Thanks to you, the whole world is learning their story. And it has only just begun.

Irena Poborowna (center) Clockwise from top: Janina Flak, Wanda Kakowska, Wanda Polakowska, Malgorzata Dembowska, Romana Sekula, Zofia Szachowicz, Henryka Dembowska, Krystyna Krauzowna.


  • Roey GangloffNovember 18, 2016 - 11:09 pm

    One of the top 5 books I have ever read!ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comNovember 23, 2016 - 11:29 pm

      Wow. Thank you, Roey. I’m so honored to be part of your top five

  • M C DeweyNovember 29, 2016 - 9:15 pm

    Lilac Girls was one of the finest books I have read. And I have read much in my 65 years.ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comDecember 1, 2016 - 2:42 am

      Thank you so much–that is very kind of you!



  • FranDecember 31, 2016 - 5:47 pm

    Just completed reading your novel about the “Polish Rabbits.” As “M C Dewey” so appropriately stated in her aforementioned comment, “Lilac Girls was one of the finest books I have read.” In my 63+ years of life as an avid and voracious reader, I have read thousands of books. This one was amazingly extraordinary, exceptionally well written and meticulously and accurately researched. It touched me deeply and emotionally affected me in unforeseen and unexpected ways beyond my imagination or memory. Will eagerly await and look forward to the release of your much anticipated “prequel” to The Lilac Girls. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comDecember 31, 2016 - 10:05 pm

      What an extraordinarily lovely note, Fran. I so appreciate the kind words.
      Just thrilled you enjoyed Lilac Girls!

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