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I will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman
Transcript of I will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman
Hannelore has been;
Spring of 1942- when she found out her father was murdered and her family was called to be deportated.
1942 to 1945- time in which Hannelore has been deportated to each concentration camp.
October 22, 1945- Hannelore Wolff and Dick Hillman wed. Who and Why:
Dick Hillman- a Polish POW whom she fell in love with, helped Hannelore survive by bringing her fresh clothes and food.
Selly and Wolfgang Wolff- brothers that died during the holocaust.
Karoline Wolff- mother of Hannelore, Selly, and Wolfgang, wife to Martin Wolff; never heard from after separation from Hannelore.
Martin Wolff- Father of Hannelore and her brothers; murdered at concentration camp after being arrested. After who knows how long of being in Belzyce, Hannelore meets Dick Hillman, a Polish POW prisoner of war, whom she falls in love with. They end up meeting behind the kitchen of the camp almost every night, where Dick brings her warm clothing and fresh food, which ultimately keeps her alive. Within months of traveling to different camps, where Hannelore had witnessed shootings, shoveled the dead into large pits, faced sickness and almost death, she gets a message from her friend Eva that she, including over 200 other women and men in the camps, are on Oscar Schindler's list to go to his camp. Oscar Schindler is a wealthy German who takes Jews away from the concentration camps and tries to save them. Already he's saved over 1,300 Jews in the beginning of 1942. One day, while Hannelore is on her bunk in the barracks on the women's side of the camp, she, and the other Schindler women, get sent onto a train, thinking they're finally being saved, but they end up being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most deadly and largest death camp in Germany. When Hannelore arrives, the first thing she see's are alot of brick houses with smoke coming through the chimney; smoke going through the chimney with the scent of buring flesh. When months and months went by with no hope left, a miracle happens. While sleeping, Hannelore hears a loud woman list the names of all the Schindler women to get on the train. As happy as can be, but almost unable to walk from her sickness, Hannelore boards the train. At Oscar Schindler's camp, Hannelore is met by Dick, who she parted with when she got deported to Auschwitz. During the few weeks at Schindler's camp, she is brought back to health with little work to do. And when they thought nothing could go better, they get news that the Russians have made Germany surrender, meaning the war was over, and all the captured Jews were free. Hannelore and Dick Hillman end up marrying soon after, and besides Dick's sisters, neither Hannelore nor Dick heard from any of their families again.