Read it in one day, and I can't remember the last time a book compelled me to do that.. It is poignant, and unforgettable. Why would anyone criticize Lale for "working for" the Nazis? That's what every interred victim was doing - to do otherwise would have meant death, possibly even torture. They didn't have a choice if they wanted a chance at survival! No one can really predict their own behavior in life or death circumstances, particularly one as inhumane and barbaric as this. Please don't blame the victims.