Susan Gerstein was born Zsuzsa Osvath in a Europe careening toward the Second World War. She grew up to watch her native Hungary being invaded by the Nazis and its eventual turnover to another dictatorship under the Communists. She would eventually stage a heroic escape through the perils of Soviet rule.
In Lily’s Daughter, Gerstein proves to be the epitome of a natural survivor and a gifted storyteller even as she recounts the horrors that she saw through her young eyes. She shows how the human spirit struggles to maintain normality and sanity in the most trying circumstances. Gerstein’s story is both thrilling and epic, evoking Anne Frank’s famous example. Yet the story is all Gerstein’s own, and the effect of her daring escape is gripping, capturing the imagination with its flight to freedom from the evil of dictatorship.