Where Lilacs Grow

Where Lilacs Grow

In our latest Victoria Classics Book Club selection, Lilac Girls, author Martha Hall Kelly writes of American philanthropist Caroline Ferriday and her lifelong advocacy and charitable work with the female survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp following World War II.

Through a successful country-wide campaign for funding and donations, Caroline invited many of these women, kindly termed “Rabbits,” to the United States for medical treatments and therapies following the war. Often remembered for her maternal relationship with the survivors, she opened her family’s summer home in Bethlehem, Connecticut, to the Rabbits so they could enjoy the comforts of home while receiving care.

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