Having gone through the entire English education system up until 1995 with no mention of WWII, never mind the holocaust, I purchased this book partly out of historical curiosity, and also to maybe educate myself on what no one has ever told me.
Before I start, I must state I write this review totally neutrally. I am not Jewish or German, or even particularly religious. I write it as someone who browsed through these many pages, and finally forced myself to read a book for a change, I do infact rarely read nowadays.
Everyone my age (30 somethng)knows about the contents of this book, but oddly, the events seem so huge almost to the point of being impossile, that they seem strangely insignificant to us all nowadays. So we continue to not spend even 1 minute per year remembering the fate of these poor individuals. We are brought up to ignore it.
Having read this book, I will now remember...
How easy these 161 pages have touched me, is testimony not just to the authors skill, not just to the immense bravery/honour of the inmates of this camp, but mostly to the appaling, horrific, beasts that called themselves the NAZI party.
The tales of this author can also be witnessed almost in a mirror image by reading another superb book (also deeply moving) on this website, called 'Eyewitness Auschwitz'. That book is more detailed in the horrors commited here and heavier going, but written by a male inmate, whilst in contrast, this is written almost gently, serenly, (if one can describe mass genocide that way) as it is written by a woman.
This book has now made me an avid reader of such historical matters, and maybe now I can even understand a little more why the current situation in Israel is as bad as it is. Israel rules with an iron fist and is condemmed world wide for its behaviour.