Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel, Lilac Girls, is based on the true story of Connecticut’s own Caroline Ferriday. Caroline grew up as a New York socialite who worked at the French consulate during World War II. She quickly became a member of the French Resistance and was particularly interested in the fate of the female political prisoners in a Nazi camp called Ravensbrück, where the women were subject to medical testing. In 1957, Caroline began her crusade to bring the “lapins” (rabbits) of Ravensbrück to the United States to have restorative medical attention. Of the 53 surviving women, 35 were able to make the trip to the United States due to Caroline’s tireless crusade on their behalf. In her novel, Martha transforms the horrors and inhumanities of war into a story of sisterhood and perseverance. Girl Scouts of Connecticut looks forward to meeting this popular female novelist and learning more about the inspiration behind Lilac Girls, the story of a woman who lived the Girl Scout mission—to be a woman of courage, confidence, and character, who made the world a better place.
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