ordinary afternoon, fifteen-year-old Lilo and her family are suddenly picked up
by Hitler’s police and imprisoned as part of the “Gypsy plague.” Just when it
seems certain that they will be headed to a labor camp, Lilo is chosen by
filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra.
on the film set is a bizarre alternate reality. The surroundings are glamorous,
but Lilo and the other extras are barely fed, closely guarded, and kept in a
locked barn when not on the movie set. And the beautiful, charming Riefenstahl
is always present, answering the slightest provocation with malice, flaunting
the power to assign prisoners to life or death.
takes matters into her own hands, effecting an escape and running for her life.
In this chilling but ultimately uplifting novel, Kathryn Lasky imagines the
lives of the Gypsies who worked as extras for the real Nazi filmmaker Leni
Riefenstahl, giving readers a story of survival unlike any other. Download and start listening now!