The Storyteller of Auschwitz by Siobhan Curham

July 11, 2023

When I tell you I love a good WWII and Holocaust book, I looooveeee a good WWII and Holocaust book and The Storyteller of Auschwitz by Siobhan Curham is one of my favorite! The reality that these horrendous events actually happened and in our grandparent’s lifetime is mind blowing. Books like this remind us of the goodness of humanity and the kindness of the human race, despite the ugliness of some. If you are someone who enjoys historical fiction, I strongly recommend this book!

"When this is all over, you will be able to tell the world what they did to us."

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The Storyteller of Auschwitz by Siobhan Curham

TITLE – The Storyteller of Auschwitz
AUTHOR – Siobhan Curham
RELEASE DATE – July 13, 2023
GENRE – Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
SUBGENRE – WWII, Holocaust

The Storyteller of Auschwitz Summary

The Storyteller of Auschwitz by Siobhan Curham takes place in Paris: 1942. Famous author Etty Wiel finds herself crowded into a cramped train car headed to a destination unknown. After recently finding out her book publisher can no longer publicize her famous book series, Etty is devastated and makes a drastic move by the Seine. Thankfully, a passerby is around to help her from her bind and through much more.

 

Once at their destination, Etty befriends fourteen-year-old Danielle, who becomes distraught as guards rip her from her mother’s embrace. Etty takes Danielle under her wing, spending her days encouraging her to keep her spirits high by telling Danielle stories each evening in their bunk. She tells beautiful stories, building a world of imagination and hope for Danielle to escape into. With hope also came courage, and one day, Danielle took a courageous feat too far.

 

When the women inside the cramped bunkhouse saw Etty losing faith, they told her how much her stories brought them hope and peace. Not realizing the surrounding women heard the stories, Etty overcame her sorrow and once again encouraged them to share their lives, stories, dreams, and desires. Etty uses this as motivation to stay alive to keep a promise she had once made to share the story of what she endured so the world would know the terrible things the Nazis did to her.

The Storyteller of Auschwitz Rating

The Storyteller of Auschwitz Review

Wow! I am not kidding when I say this is one of the best books I’ve ever read! The Storyteller of Auschwitz is gut-wrenching and heartbreaking, beautiful and hopeful, and so overwhelmingly powerful. This book is bound to bring forth tears of both sadness and hope.

 

The way Curham conveys each character is pure brilliance! With a small cast of main characters, each personality shines through in a way that feels like you’re next to them, enduring the same horror by their side. The writing is stunning, and though the topics are sensitive, as we trudge through the mud alongside Etty, her stories bring us peace through her imagination, adventure, and creativity.

 

It was a genuine honor to experience Etty’s lowest of lows alongside her because we also had the privilege to encounter her triumph through that.

 

I am so grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC copy of The Storyteller of Auschwitz in exchange for my unbiased and honest review!

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