Topic: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

For this month of November, I have picked out a book from the library that goes under the name of “Rose Under Fire” by the author Elizabeth Wein, known for being writing the best young adult, and historical fiction. When reading this book for the first time, I was presented with another world war 2 novel which was fiction which I do absolutely love to read and sometimes write or talk about. Unfortunately, this was not a book based on real-life experiences, this was only about a historical fiction novel about a woman named Rose/Roza that was living her life as a novelist in Great Britain, but in the Soviet Union, she was a female fighter pilot. When she flew around German territory, her plane was gunned down by unexpected air defences that were around military camp. Later after crashing to a nearby concentration camp, she was captured by Nazi soldiers and taken to Ravensbruck, a women’s concentration camp and was NOT treated nicely there. This starts her story of what the experience was like when she spent time in a German concentration camp. The only downhill that this book seems to have is that the fact it has no chapters in it, just three parts and mostly dates of her life while held captive in a women's concentration camp. The main upside of this book, it possibly has one of the greatest war adventure plots that I have ever read about, shows you a lot of teamwork and friendship as Rose spends her time in the prison while also keeping herself alive by making poetry about her experiences in the prison. I would definitely recommend this to readers that would absolutely love adventure books and plots with twists inside.

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Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

Because this book has no chapters included in any of the pages, I will only be able to summarize my opinions and what is happening by using the dates. Part 1, "Southhampton" August 2, 1944, this mainly introduced the main character of this novel, being named, “Rose Justice” was an 18-year-old girl from the country Great Britain, but would be sometimes sent to the Soviet Union to be part of the air forces and attempt to bomb some important areas in the fascist countries (Germany & Italy) for example, factories producing goods or train stations transporting goods.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

I had to skip a few dates just because they had no kind of interesting plots in them, yet, but this does not mean them I have stopped gaining interest from this book, perhaps the author has decided to keep the excitement for last, Carrying on. On September 1, 1944, the country of Paris has finally been freed from the Nazis’ occupations during 1940-1944. The possible main reason for this is because of the British and the Americans having the guts to help France be free once again, this resulted in papers being pinned around the towns, saying that France has been liberated, but the next day, the real news has stated that France has not been freed not entirely, because the Germans have still taken the ports of Boulogne, which is a pain in the neck for the allies, but for now, it’s free once again. 6 days later, the capital of Belgium, Brussels, was also free from German Occupations, which is very helpful for the Allies because they would only be needing to fight against the axis using ground forces, never on the sea again, as long as they keep it safe against the German occupation.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

September 11, 1944. Rose Justice finally goes from Britain to France, staying overnight with the nurses in the Red Cross near Reims. But during for stay there, she finally got to see the beauties of France, well, even though they were bombed, she stills enjoys the sight of France, especially the Eiffel Tower, she even “buzzed” it! When saying buzz, this means that she has flew a french airplane around the eiffel tower and would go around it like some sort of bee would do to the flowers for collecting some nectar or pollen. She finally gets to feel free and happy around a country, no gunfire, no radio-sounds, just peaceful birds chirping. She would usually fly around with the Mark 4 Spitfire and do some “curls” and tricks while on the air. 1 month later, she thought too much of her happy life in France and got unlucky as soon as she enters the German territories.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

Part 2, “Ravensbruck” on April 17, 1945, Again, after thinking too much about her happiness and freedom, she was, of course, taken down by German Air Forces, the “Luftwaffe” the result of this takedown made her crash land on a nearby concentration camp and got surrounded by German soldiers that were either on patrol or sent by the general to capture her. This part has somewhat made me very curious about what would happen next. Will she be escorted to a women’s concentration camp? Or will she be shot immediately? After one turn of the page, none of my guesses were right, what I read instead was something peculiar, the soldiers had started applauding, letting her get off the plane and gently escorting her to an office like she had to be treated as an important person they may somehow help the Germans strategize attacks.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

A continuation of April 17, 1945. Recap on what has happened so far, Introduced Rose Justice, freedom of France and Belgium, Rose reaches France and see the “beauty” of it, flies a plane and goes into the German territory because of distraction, crashes near a camp, and escorted to an office for possible interrogation with a German leader, Karl Womelsdorff. Their conversation started pretty calm and gentle, but because of Rose not responding to the questions frequently, Karl started to get frustrated, turning the conversation to a loud and very furious one. After Karl has had enough, He has decided to send Rose into a women’s concentration camp, Ravensbruck.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

April 18, 1945. It was Rose Justice’s first day in the concentration camp and she has already met a person/prisoner from France called Fernande, she did seem nice and friendly, even though she has been trapped for some months and was in for being part of the French resistance, trying to defend against the German forces. As she explores around the concentration camp even deeper, she insults and complains because of how bad the smell is around the camp, making her gag and almost vomit. After that, she continues her harsh experiences through Ravensbruck for another “few” months or so until the Germans fall under siege of either one of the Russian or American territories.

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Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

A few weeks have passed, read lots of pages and something interesting finally happens in the book. On April 26, 1945. Rose has spent a very long time in Ravensbruck, not really having an enjoyable time in the concentration camp. But that started to change, the Soviets had finally defeated the forces of one of the chancellors of Germany, Adolf Hitler. Ever since the Russians had invaded through Konigsberg, they never stopped until they reached the capital city and held them under siege with over 2,500,000 soldiers and recklessly destroyed the city, leaving every single building destroyed, the women in Ravensbruck seemed pretty happy after the win, but after they realized they were marching to Ravensbruck and were planning to kill prisoners in Ravensbruck, everyone started to panic, they wanted to escape, but there were still German soldiers on patrol, even after the loss of Berlin. The main reason of why the Soviets will kill the remaining prisoners is because they think of them as traitors for leaving the motherland.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

April 28, 1945. The Waffen SS has finally decided to flee the concentration camp of Ravensbruck, possibly because they were too frightened about the Soviets being close to the camp, leaving the prisoners alone. But with the soldiers gone, this means they had the chance to escape while they could. After a single prisoner announced about the soldiers fleeing, everyone rush to the doors of the camp and escaped to the forest, which should help them hide from the Soviets. Rose Justice goes with a few of her prisoners to sneak to the border between France and Germany.

Re: Rose Under Fire, By Elizabeth Wein

Part 3, “Nuremberg” December 23, 1946. It has been 1 year and a half after the world war and Rose Justice has been staying in Scotland, writing poems about her life experiences from 1942-1945. But there is still a problem in her life, she had to write up paragraphs about the Declaration of Independence at the American Embassy just to prove that she really was Rose Justice. While this is happening, Rose is finally enjoying her life in Scotland, feeling safe, just writing poems. Concluding the Book at page 351. I have honestly somewhat enjoyed this book even though the excitement that I have stated before was false, I still have enjoyed it. I have to also thank the book because I have finally learned about a camp that I have never heard about even though I seem to know lots of World War history. This concentration camp for Germany was called “Ravensbruck.” This has only imprisoned and held women captive mostly because they were part of the resistance from France. Once Again, I recommend this book to people that like to read about Fictional history, and life experiences.