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More than a comfort,
This review is from: Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors' Stories of the Pets Who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them and Waited for Their Return (Paperback)
Anyone who has ever had a beloved pet can identify and imagine the pain of what happened to these holocaust survivors. It is a testament to the love animals engender when these stories seem to dwell on the loss of their pets rather than the horror the people lived through and the loss of their family and friends.
An interesting point is made about the survivors' fear of German Shepherds, since they were the guard dog of choice. I can remember when I would visit my grandmother with my German shepherd, she would always tell me not to walk in the Jewish section with my pet, since it could bring back bad memories. These memories and stories tell of the loss of these pets when the victims were taken to the camps. There are a few words before each to give a short history lesson and then the stories, both of which at times create a little bit of confusion with old memories and storylines.
I would have preferred the contributors' background be included before their story, it just adds to any understanding. They are in alphabetical order in the back if the book instead.
Some stories are shocking, some so sad, others hold you in wonderment that a woman seems to be more worried about the fate of her dog than her husband, but then she admits, she thinks he turned her in. We also learn the little known fact that children were used as blood donors for soldiers - drained of blood until most died. This indeed is an addition to the horrors of war, but more than that - the unforgettable love than a pet can bring.
I was asked to review this book and given a copy for review by the publisher. The opinion and details written here, are mine alone and were not dictated or ordered. If I didn't like the book I would say so.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2012 23:16:01 GMT
bubble luxe england says:
this review helped me to now purchase faithful friends!
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