Imagine you are stripped away from everything you love: your home, family, friends, and all of your beloved items. Shoved into a survival camp with thousands of other kids. The only thing that you have with you is the clothes on your back, and the little bit of hope you may or may not have left. You are forced to make weapons and bombs for the enemy during WWII. That’s what ten year old Lida was put through in the book Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Skrypuch.
Originally published in Canada during 2012, this grim novel offers an inside look at the little-known aspect of WWII. The Nazis captured millions of non-Jewish children, many of them Ukrainian, who were forced to become slave laborers. These young slaves were known as Ostarbeiters. While most were older teenagers or even in their 20’s, some were as young as nine. Anyone they captured who they thought would be useless, would be shot. Ten-year-old narrator Lida, pretends to be 13 to escape an even worse fate. Before the book even starts getting good, a big misunderstanding happens. Lida and her five year old sister, Larissa, are torn away from each other. The two sisters are the only family they have left, after the rest were enslaved or killed. What will Lida do to survive, and will she ever see her sister again?
The novel Making Bombs for Hitler is my favorite book of all time. The book’s harshness is softened with its stories of friendship, truth, and trust. What I love about this book is the emotion that’s put in all throughout. Multiple times throughout the novel I found myself crying, shocked, or ecstatic. You never really know what is going to happen next. Coming from a person who loves all types of novels, I would for sure give this book a ten out of ten. It perfectly showed the horrors of WWII and what it would be like to be in that situation.
By: Jyllian Skoda