In 1942, Cibi and Livi Mueller are rounded up with other young Jewish people and taken to Auschwitz. (Their sister Magda is in the hospital, safe for a while.) For two years Cibi and Livi face near starvation, abuse and manual labor. Eventually they spend time sorting through the belongings of those killed in the gas chambers. They also spend time at the camp’s post office going through packages meant for the deceased. Anything of value including food is taken by the Nazis.
In 1944, Magda along with the girls’ mother and grandfather are brought to Auschwitz. Miraculously, Magda is reunited with her sisters but the others are marched to their deaths.
As little girls the sisters promised their father to always take care of each other. The girls stand firm with that promise even after they emigrate to Israel. There each creates a new life but stands steadfast in the promise made to their father.
The final book in the “Tattooist of Auschwitz” trilogy is a difficult read about a real family. You won’t want to miss it. The series includes:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz