Ashes In The Snow Now in Theaters January 11th @RutaSepetys #Sponsored #AshesintheSnow

I received the novel that Ashes in the Snow is based on from Penguin Randomhouse and a screener link.  All opinions are mine. This post contains affiliate links.

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There has been a lot of light shed on the tragedies of the Holocaust during World War IIBut you may be unfamiliar with the events that occurred in the Baltics when Stalin took control.

My grandfather was stationed in Italy during World War II.  I remember him telling stories of places he had visited, but he never really talked about the horrors of the war.  

I have read many books and watched many films to get a sense of what living in that time period was like and to have a sense of connection to my grandparents. But I, like many Americans, haven't heard or read any stories about Lithuanian deportation to Siberia.

Ashes in the Snow  is based on the Ruta Sepetys YA novel BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY which is set during World War II, and tells the story of a 16-year-old aspiring artist played by Bel Powley - who, along with her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region.

The movie is an independent feature and is unrated. Viewer discretion advised. This is not a kid-friendly film; it contains mature themes, non-sexual nudity, and violence.

Cast : Adrian Schiller, Aiste Dirziute, Artiom Rybakov, Bel Powley, Darius Meskauskas, Dolya Gavanski, Gabija Jaraminaite, Greg Kolpakchi, Ieva Andrejevaite, Inga Maskarina, James Cosmo, Jonah Hauer-King, Jurga Kalvaityte, Kestutis Stasys Jakstas, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Martin Wallström, Nadja Bobyleva, Peter Franzén, Ramunas Rudokas, Robertas Lenartavicius, Salvijus Trepulis, Sam Hazeldine, Sarah Finigan, Sophie Cookson, Timothy Innes, Tom Sweet, Valentinas Krulikovskis

You may recognize actor Jonah Hauer-King from A Dog's Way Home and PBS Masterpiece's Little Women as well as Adrian Schiller {Mr. Penge} from the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria.

I can't imagine soldiers showing up at my door and taking my family against our will.  It's completely unimaginable.  The film shows the perspective from a teenage girl who is taken along with her mother and ten year old brother on a train {cattle cars} to a work camp. They are told they are traitors and have received a life sentence with deplorable conditions.  Eventually they are deported to the harsh climate of Siberia.

The things that happen around Bel and to her family are terrifying.  Her sketching, love for her family her strong will and determination help her survive the unimaginable.  It is an emotional film that adds another layer to the tragedies of World War II.

Having seen the film, I really want to read Between Shades of Grey {now republished as Ashes in the Snow} to see how it differs from the novel.

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Ashes In the Snow reminds me of Summer of My German Soldier, The Book Thief, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

If you are interested in learning more about World War II history, you will want to read the book and see the film.  I recommend it for high school seniors/college age+.  

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Ashes in the Snow is in select theaters January 11th.  It is also available on digital download on Amazon and iTunes.
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