Unforgettable tale of inhumanity…a page turner

My book has just made it to the top 1% for sales on Amazon in the literary fiction-historical category. I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like the ones featured below out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 49 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.
on July 5, 2016

It was strange, sad, reading Paulette Mahurin’s latest book while we in America are singing and dancing, enjoying the freedom that America presents to us… Yet, Mahurin was able to take me away from our own freedom and immerse myself in the story of Helen Stein, one of the few who lived to celebrate Auschwitz Liberation Day. Sometimes, I lost myself so deeply into the story that I had to break away and read a cat mystery book, so that I could maintain some sense of separation in order to express my thoughts coherently.

Mahurin received the gift of this story directly from the woman who lived to share it with us. It is fiction based upon fact plus research to confirm and round out the story of what was happening. You will understand that, especially since Helen spent four years of that time of terror, underground, totally away from the world, alone only with her brother…

The book shares the intimacy of her life as she faced what had happened–what she saw, what she heard from other trusted individuals, but, more, what she herself experienced…

We all think we know about what happened during that time…but we don’t. We can’t. Even while reading this book, which is vividly detailed and written so authentically that many will think we are hearing the story directly from the woman sharing her story. While that means that the author has done an outstanding job in writing the book, it also has revealed to many of us a much more intimate, unforgettable tale of inhumanity that cannot be imaged except when we are forced to face the reality of it. With a German heritage on both sides of my family, I can only get lost in heartache of what Hitler brought about that was so devastating that none of us will ever forget or accept it as anything more than the actions of the devil himself…and as we see, of his many cruel and evil followers.

The story begins when a young girl seeking a room to rent meets an older lady who has a room, but asks a lot of questions before she is willing to show the girl the room…The author uses the Prologue to tell this story as they got to know each other and finally, the woman opens up to the young girl… The rest of the book is her story… began the day that the young girl spied the tattoo of numbers on her arm and realized what she’d gone through… One of the stories was about a picture frame holding a small scrap of cloth…it was once part of a dress…

Helen was just a child, but she was a curious one, and wasn’t hesitant to listen to adult conversations to try to discover whatever she could. But, still, there wasn’t much to worry about then. Her next-door neighbors had a son, Max, with whom she became close friends and she moved through school years much like all of us…Max and she were inseparable, but there came a day when Ben came home upset because Max had started to treat him differently. Helen demanded to know what he’d said and he finally admitted he’d call him a goy… As time went by, though, as Helen asked questions, Max finally hinted that he liked boys and Helen surmised that he liked Ben…

But it was more that the atmosphere was changing. Jews were targeted on an ongoing basis, as more and more government sanctions were announced and acted upon… and soon Helen realized that Max had just as many issues with what was happening as her family did…

Max was forced to play a role and join the Germans forces, while the Stein family was stripped of their citizenship and employment. Soon, Helen and others were, first, learning to sew, and then acting as seamstresses to keep the family going… But then people on the streets were shot, killed for no reason and finally, the Stern home was soon to be attacked…

Max had gained some credibility and had been able to learn much of plans…It was Max who contacted Helen, and later Ben, trying to get them out of town, which he succeeded in doing, but the rest of the family were killed and/or taken (only the sister may have been still alive.) Max and taken Ben and Helen to his family’s farm and they lived in the lower storage cellar…for four years…with only Max who came as often as he could to bring them fresh food and other supplies…and one day he brought Helen a dress…

And it was that one act of love and kindness that led to danger! Because the farmhouse was invaded after Max had left (and later was killed along with his family as sympathizers.) The four years in the basement had ended, only to lead to much worse… Ben didn’t make it, while Helen’s simple, smart thinking to say that she was a seamstress saved her life…leaving Helen on her tway o Auschwitz…

Paulette Mahurin has the talent to pull her readers into the story she has molded. This is a page-turner, although hard to read at times. It should be, shouldn’t it? Because life is indeed precious and only a few of the millions that Hitler planned to murder, made it out to tell us exactly what happened. Horrific, atrocious historical events once occurred. This book forces you to live what those millions suffered. I believe readers will be better for reading it…I know I am! Highly recommended.

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on July 6, 2016
This book while fictional made history come alive with the story of Helen. A Jewish, young woman caught in a time of horror for her people and nation.
Taken back to the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power, Helen is protected from the growing issues with Jewish and undesirables who are being purged from society. Her friend, Max is considered undesirable because of his desires for those of his sex. When he is offered a position with the Hitler youth, he takes it to blend in and offer Helen and her family aid.
As things change with the lose of her father’s job, schooling at home and little to no medical care; they continue to make ends meet by adapting to their environment. One night a phone call has Helen quickly leaving the house in an act that will save her life.
Hiding for several years, she is discovered and taken to a camp where she tries to survive in any way possible.
This story is full of heartbreak and hope. It proves there are good people out there willing to help even in the darkest of times.
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Espy’s freedom photo

 

Floyd & Frisbee freedom ride

Floyd and Frisbee going to new home

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Floyd and Frisbee’s freedom photo

Phyllis' 12 y:o been rescued

12 year-old Phyllis has been rescued

Phyllis' freedom photo

Phyllis’ freedom photo-what a difference love makes

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Handsome senior Saun is now safe with his new loving family

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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29 Responses to Unforgettable tale of inhumanity…a page turner

  1. tazzielove says:

    Excellent review.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Excellent review of The Seven Year Dress

  3. Wow what a story! I am sure the book is outstanding speaking out the truth of that terrible life experience! This is a great review of it! I also love that you help dogs❤ Wish all the best!

    • Hello and how nice of you to stop by and join the conversation. Thank you so much for your kind words about my book and helping the dogs. Wishing all the best back to you.❤

      • Thank you so much your book is on my wish list on Amazon I know it is an emotional book to read I will and I will suggest it around! I also discovered that you are in CA same me I guess we are not too far! I am so honored to have you commenting back here! Wish you all the best I feature inspiring Bloggers once a month please visit my Blog! Carolina

      • Yes, I’ve visited and am now following your great blog site. Thank you again for your kind words. So nice to connect with you.❤

  4. Wonderful review and great news about your book being a best seller. The photos of the dogs are simply spirit lifting. They all look so sweet. I am so thankful for the help that you are giving to the shelter. I know they must appreciate you so very much.

    • So nice to hear from you Yvonne and as always I hope you and your gang are all well. I’m thrilled that the book is doing so well and we’ve been helping to get some dogs freed from kill shelters. They really are so sweet and you are so right that they are very appreciative-the change in mood from cage to new home is something to behold as you well can imagine. Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words.❤

  5. Congratulations, Paulette. Love your happy animal photos.🙂

  6. Deziz World says:

    OMC Top 1%, Dat’s Pawsum!!!! A meowsy big ConCats are in order. What a pawsum review. And da fotos are wunnerful, even da sadly oes cuz we know there’s a happy endin’.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  7. Congratulations Paulette! The power of your words touches many-two-footed and four-footed!🐾🐾

  8. dgkaye says:

    Brava Paulette. I am looking so forward to reading this book!🙂

  9. They all look so happy – but I am especially glad for Phyllis. It’s always nice to know a senior dog will have a home during her older years!

    • I agree with you about Phyllis and bless those who rescued her. It’s not easy knowing there are medical issues and that she may not be around for much longer. I’m so grateful to all the angels who live among us who help. Hugs and wags to you two.❤

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