Review: Escaping Camp Ravensbrook

Posted on December 15, 2015

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Camp ravensbrook coverEscaping Camp Ravensbrook
By R.T. Johnson
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
October 2015
148 pages

In spite of the fact that 16-year old Katrina is a witch, she is powerless to keep the Nazis from shooting and killing her parents in the middle of the night. Katrina and Aunt Lisa are captured and taken to Camp Ravensbrook, a concentration camp for widows and orphans whose husbands and fathers were killed because they were members of the Resistance. To overcome her grief and the brutality of the prison guards, Katrina hones her witchcraft powers to make herself useful and thus stay alive while she plans her escape. But an unusually kind prison guard befriends her and she falls for him which complicates her plans. When a busload of Jewish captives arrives Katrina is reunited with her old friend, Alice who is also a witch. Together they find the strength to use their powers to help others. Word spreads that witchcraft is popping up around the camp and the Nazis decide to exterminate all the prisoners. Suddenly Katrina and Alice have just a few short hours to save themselves and the other prisoners. Even though this is historical fantasy, the subject matter could be strengthened with the addition of end notes and suggested reading about the rise of the Third Reich, the Resistance, the Holocaust, and the actual Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, a major concentration camp for women and children only that was run by the Nazis. Escaping Camp Ravensbrook shows the human side of the grief and suffering when the government drags and women and children from their homes and steals their dignity and freedom in the name of religious bigotry.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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