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Edith Hofmann wrote this book when she was 19, just a few years after the war. At the time she was told no-one would want to read it as no-one was interested in the war any more. So she put her book away in a drawer and there it languished for 50 years.
It's written in third person, as a novel, because she was frightened for her safety. But that in no way reduces its impact and it's clear all along that she writes from (recent) personal experience.
She wrote in English, and as she had been studying the language for just two years her writing is, to begin with at least, rather awkward. But her story soon absorbs the reader and minor issues of grammar or syntax quickly become irrelevant.
Whatever I expected of this book, I did not expect a love story. That's only part of the book, and in page number terms only a small part, but it's clear that had Edith not met him, and had his faith in her not restored her faith in herself, she would probably not have survived.
What moves me the most is the sense of hope that fills the book, faltering only occasionally and then only at the darkest of moments and only briefly. This is what makes the book so inspiring.
For me, Edith Hofmann's book is on a par with Anne Frank's diary. It's different, not least because Anne Frank's diary does not include the time she spent in the concentration camps whereas Edith Hofmann's book does, in graphic and sometimes difficult-to -read detail. Anne Frank's diary is on many people's must-read list. So too should be Edith Hofmann's moving and extraordinary book.
This is a brilliant book that really brings home what life was like during the war. Although there is a lot of tragedy throughout the book there is also an underlying message of hope and perseverance.
My only criticism is that it doesn't seem to have been formatted for the kindle properly and there were a lot of instances where the space between words had been missed out.
Apart from that it's a brilliant read.
This book is an amazing feat, written by a girl of 19, whose first language is not English (but this never shows -her command of the language is superb)and written soon after her experiences.
'Judith' (the book is written in the third person, though obviously the author's biography) and her family are taken from their comfortable home in Prague, and transported by cattle trains to the Jewish ghetto in Lodz in Poland. Here they live in increasing poverty and despondancy until both of her parents sucuumb to the degradation and lack of food and health care.
Her mother was prone to depression from the outset and after her death, Judith also falls victim to it for several months. She is gradually lifted out of her mental state by a Jewish man, Michael, many years her senior who is greatly respected in the community. Judith moves in with him and a love story of great beauty and innocence commences. It gives them both the strength to survive the hunger, thirst and insanitary conditions in which they live.
Judith , along with most of the ghetto is finally transported to Germany and forced to part from her beloved Michael. She continues her journey alone, joining up with various women and has incredible inner strength that takes her from Auschwitz to a labour camp deep in Germany and finally a long, long march led by elderly German officers who are trying to get them away from the advancing allies. Many die from hunger, thirst, being shot and just plain exhaustion, but Judith survives. The war is almost at an end.Read more ›
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I liked reading this book very much but I was disappointed in the ending, I guess I wanted one more wordPublished 1 month ago by Sam
I don't think I have ever been so emotionally moved by a book as I was with Unshed Tears, I have read a few books on the subject of the Holocaust but none have had the same effect... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynette Harlow- Carr
Couldn't put this book down unimaginable what they went through !! Upsetting but a must read highly recommended book all ages.Published 4 months ago by Bee
A thoughtful book. Written in diary form. You join the surviving women on their last walk as the war draws to a close. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ginnette
I gave this book 5 stars because it gripped me from stArt to finish. I have read many book s of this genre but this account took me right into the world Judith encountered. Read morePublished 6 months ago by annnei
Must read covers the Warsaw ghetto and the author's time in the camps. The book kept you thinking after it had been put down.Published 8 months ago by Photo 2
An amazing truth of how determination an strength can will life to carry on under traumatic devastating circumstances.Published 9 months ago by june