This post contains affiliate links.  One of the ways I pass the time when walking on the treadmill is by listening to audio books.  Recently, I listened to The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer, and it was so good, I was excited to get on the treadmill every day just so I could listen!

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

About The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

This story is set during World War II and is told from two different perspectives–Elzbieta and Roman.

Elzbieta is living with an adoptive family under an assumed name as her family of birth was involved in the resistance movement.  If her true identity is known, her life would be in danger.  However, she is a 14 year old girl who is bored by her adoptive family’s strict rules for her, including not letting her go anywhere alone.  She passes the time and vents to her apartment neighbor, Sara.  One night Elzbieta is awoken by a noise in Sara’s apartment.  (The two share an apartment wall.)  Elzbieta discovers that Sara works to help Jewish people escape.  Through Elzbieta’s insistence, she soon joins Sara in her work.

Roman is a young Jewish man living in the ghetto with his mother, stepfather, half-brother, and infant half-sister.  He and his mother want desperately to escape the ghetto, but his father is more concerned with keeping the family together.  Finally, Roman’s mom decides to give her infant daughter to Sara so that she may live because she is starving to death in the ghetto.  This encounter is how Elzbieta first meets Roman.

The story continues at a fast pace following both Elzbieta and Roman as their lives intertwine and they each go deeper into the Resistance in their own way.

My Thoughts on The Warsaw Orphan

I found this book gripping.  Perhaps it was the audiobook and the two narrators, but I could feel the tension and suspense build throughout the story.  I later learned that Sara’s story was very loosely based on Irena Sendler’s life.  Sendler was a Polish social worker who saved hundreds of Jewish children just as Sara did in this story.

I loved that this book taught me things I did not know about World War II and the Resistance.  I also enjoyed the story and the narration of the audiobook.  Indeed, this is one of my favorite historical fiction reads this year.

I give The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer 5 out of 5 stars.

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