Saturday, February 03, 2024



Orli was betrayed by her husband because he discovered that she was a German resistance fighter.  When she first arrived at Auschwitz she expected to be killed for her betrayal.  But that didn’t seem to be the case.  She was assigned to the infirmary as a nurse.  She was ordered to assist Dr. Josef Mengele.  He was known as the Angel of Death because anyone that arrived in the infirmary for medical attention, ended up dead.  Dr. Mengele was killing them and using them as  experimentation.  So, Orli decided to save as many people as possible and began working for the resistance from inside Auschwitz.  She risked her own life once agin to save those that couldn’t save themselves.

I Have to Save Them written by Ellie Midwood is a heartbreaking story, inspired by true events. When this book became available, I knew I had to read it.  With Ellie Midwood as a favorite author of mine, I knew she would not disappoint.  This was a difficult book to read but at the same time was very well written.   It definitely kept the tears falling down my face.  I am still in awe of how horrible people were during the time of World War II.  This is a must read for all historical fiction fans.  I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of

Author:  Ellie Midwood 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 31, 2024
Pages: 296
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Auschwitz, 1942: The nurse’s entire body trembles as she watches the doctor guide the beautiful twins with chestnut curls into the infirmary. Everyone thinks he’s helping these innocent souls, but she knows the truth… 

Betrayed by her own husband for being a German resistance fighter, 
Orli has no one left in the world as she stumbles from the cattle truck onto the frostbitten grounds of Auschwitz. She has arrived expecting to be sentenced to certain death. Instead, as a trained nurse, she is assigned to work in the infirmary to assist Dr Josef Mengele.

Soon, Orli learns Mengele is known as the Angel of Death, and is the most feared man in Auschwitz. At his hands, thousands of healthy inmates are cruelly killed and experimented on: and Orli is expected to assist him. 
She realises that her resistance work is not over. From inside the infirmary, she will secretly try to save as many souls as she can.

Orli starts to smuggle medicine to the most desperate of patients. But when Mengele instructs her to find children, she knows it isn’t enough… she has to keep him away. With the help of her fellow nurses, Orli plans to fake a typhus outbreak.

But can Orli really fool one of the most powerful men in Auschwitz? And if Mengele discovers her plan, will the cost of saving others be her own life?


Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, “The Girl from Berlin.” Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents. 

In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their Chihuahua named Shark Bait.

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