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Paulette Mahurin is one of my favourite authors. Her books are always well-researched and well-written. The Seven Year Dress is no exception. Helen Stein was just a teenager when Hitler came to power in Berlin. Her family was Jewish. Her best friend, Max, was homosexual. Before long both would have their families torn apart and their lives in extreme danger. This is Helen’s story.
Myra is a young nursing student at UCLA looking to rent a room near the hospital. She is struggling with her Jewishness. She moves in with Helen. One night, upset by her experience in the emergency room where a gunshot patient died, Helen offers her the opportunity to talk. The tables turn, and, over a fresh pot of tea, Helen begins the story of her terrifying experiences in Germany when her family became separated — years she and her brother spent in hiding, unspeakable indignities she suffered after she was captured, special friendships she made amidst the terror in Auschwitz, all making up the story of the patch of fabric she has kept from the dress she wore for seven years.
This is not an easy book to read although it is superbly written and beautifully woven together. There is a great deal of information about the holocaust and we may think that we have heard it all but it is an amazing revelation to have a personal story, albeit fictionalized, told in the first person. Helen shares not only the dehumanizing elements of the concentration camp experience but the tender kindnesses she observed during her time there. This is a timeless story of real events that should never be forgotten. It won’t take you long to read because you won’t be able to put it down.
Some subjects are difficult to read about, and the Holocaust is surely foremost among them. Yet it’s important that they aren’t forgotten and so someone has to take on the challenge of writing about them. In The Seven Year Dress, Paulette Mahurin has risen to that challenge.
Based upon a true story, the book tells the story of Helen, a Jewish girl from Berlin, as she struggles to survive in the run up to the Second World War and through the war itself. As her friends and family fall victim, one by one, to the evil of the Third Reich, Helen’s struggle for survival becomes desperate as she faces the horrors of hiding and, eventually, imprisonment in Auschwitz.
The book is beautifully written and Helen, the main character, felt very real. Much of the action (if you can describe it the plethora of beatings and executions as that) was described sparingly so that I felt disengaged from the action, and for me that was a good thing, although Helen came across plenty of good people in her journey through horror.
Despite its positive ending, I can’t, in all honesty, say I enjoyed The Seven Year Dress, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book. I strongly recommend it, if you’re prepared for the challenges of the subject matter.
Grover has been rescued
Grover’s freedom photo. I was unable to download.
Grover’s freedom ride
Petra’s been rescued
Petra’s freedom photo
Petra after vet check
Petra’s freedom ride
Recco has been rescied
Recco’s freedom photo
Recco with new mom
Recco home sweet home with new family.
Chance has been rescued. They shelter guess his age to be around 18 years old.
Chance’s freedom walk
Chance’s freedom photo. What a happy senior boy.
Sir Lionel the elder has been rescued
Sir Lionel the elder’s freedom photo
Jacoby has been rescued
Jacoby’s freedom photo
Bella (right) & Snowball (left) bonded pair rescued together. Here’s the caption on the networking photo from friends of the shelter they were brought to: “If there ever was a sad story of two bonded siblings surrendered to the Carson Animal Shelter, then it has to be about Bella and Snowball. On Saturday, their family removed their collars and leashes and told the shelter staff, they just didn’t have time to care for the dogs. A volunteer standing by watched the heartbreaking moment. This will be the saddest thing you see today or maybe all week, and it will be hard to get out of your mind…. SNOWBALL is missing an eye and the one he has doesn’t look great. His big sister BELLA takes care of him.”
Snowball & Bella’s freedom ride. The man in the photo captioned this with:
“Ever wonder if when people say “bonded pair” they are truly bonded? Ok Snowball and Bella had been separated for like 10 minutes lol and he was screaming. I freaked out because I thought he was in pain. When I got Bella to the car she knew exactly what to do. Just look at his smile. Snowball (Chihuahua) is completely blind. His comfort is Bella. She is his eyes, heart & protector. This pair was made for each other. Such a beautifully bonded pair. Carson shelter survivors ❤️”
Snowball with new mom
Bella with new mom
Bella & Snowball getting love in new backyard
Bella & Snowball safe and comfortable in new home sweet home
Toby (named by his rescue) has been rescued.
Toby’s freedom photo
Janey has been rescued
Janey’s freedom photo
Mickey has been rescued
Mickey’s freedom photo to the right. The Sunny Saints St. Bernard Rescue changed her name to Destiny.
Mickey now Destiny’s freedom photo, better view.
Luna senior girl has been rescued
Luna’s freedom photo
Crockett has been rescued
Crockett’s freedom photo
Fresno has been rescued
Fresno’s freedom photo
Calvin has been rescued
Calvin’s freedom photo
Fifi has been rescued
Fifi’s freedom photo
Barbie has been rescued
Barbie’s freedom photos
Barbie relaxing into her freedom
Derek has been freed
Derek’s freedom photo
Buffy’s been rescued
Buffy’s freedom photo
Buffy giving a big thank you kiss to new family