Being a mom, I don't get to read often. I have been using Amazon to buy books for my kids for years. So, when I read the reviews for this book, I figured that it would be a good companion book to the Diary of Anne Frank, when they read that. Once it got here I read the jacket and was intrigued. I started to read it and I completed it in less than 24 hours. Lale's story of love, and hardship, and death, and life, and chocolate, was spellbinding. I couldn't put it down. I cried at the end and I found the Afterwords and the Author's notes to be a wonderful closing to this harrowing adventure. There were parts that hurt my heart and made my stomach ache for all of those innocent souls. I don't think he was a collaborator, he did whatever he needed to to stay alive in a brutal environment. May he and Gita R.I.P. together.