Beauty and brutality. This story gives both in addition to some genuinely funny moments. We look back at history and judge all but that’s easy do. This is a story of beautiful people living through the worst 4 years of the 20th century. The end of this book is hard to read, if you don’t get a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye I worry for your soul. I know some will read it and think it’s pure fantasy to think that Nazi Germany had no beauty, that all who lived through it were complicit. It’s not so black and white though. I choose to believe there was a Rudy Steiner and a Liesel Meminger.