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- Print Length: 304 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J273UY0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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THE ANGEL OF ZIN -- A Holocaust Mystery Kindle Edition
|Length: 304 pages||Word Wise: Enabled|
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The Jews also have their strong and their week. The clinging to religious practices in the context of the most extreme deprivation seems irrelevant. And yet, amazingly, convinces them of the need to fill a need even when its pursuit adds to their suffering. The characters are well drawn. We can get a grasp of their emotions and their rationalisations. The intellectual jousting is gripping.
The context is horrific and the reader will at times surely pause to recover from what is being read. Yet it is a thriller, a love story and a detective story. A book that deserves the widest audience. It entertains while it educates and informs. And the facts feelings that it presents we should still ponder. We may wonder just how well we know ourselves when confronted with circumstances so extreme we never thought to experience them.
This book is two-fold, a murder mystery and a study of how ordinary, decent people can be turned into mass murderers.
The murder is so subtle that I thought I knew who had done it, but was totally wrong. As a setting for a detective story, a Nazi death camp is extremely unusual. I loved the irony of the outrage and fear generated amongst the officers by the knowledge that there is a murderer in their midst, while they themselves are murderers. It is of course an irony of which, they are oblivious.
The camp guards vary in temperament from nervous and unsure to totally sadistic. There are some moving and harrowing scenes, but these are very separate from the systematic murders continually taking place. The novel subtly stresses their routine nature, by emphasising the events around the camp, while the "everyday business" is conducted.
The main character is a policeman and a father who by the whim of the Nazi Party finds himself incorporated into the SS, while his children are proud members of Hitler Youth and BDM and therefore growing up with contrary views to their father. The Einsatzgruppen (extermination squads) were often drawn from serving police officers, so it is likely that he would have seen if not experienced this. However the fact that being a member of Kripo (criminal police) gives an officer an SS rank, neither makes them a Nazi, nor gives them exemption from the horror of what they are witnessing.Read more ›
It is well written and the characters, German, Nazi and Jewish, are well-rounded and convincing, not devils nor angels. I would certainly recommend it as a compelling and thought-provoking read.
My only carp is that I do not really believe that the main character - a senior German police officer, after all - would have acted in the way he did at the end. But who knows?
Based on the story of the horrors of Treblinka which, to my knowledge, was the only extermination camp from which a successful escape was made.
Recommended reading from a veteran author.
Lest we forget.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Riveting,realistic,couldn't wait to pick up my kindle.
Also a very good who done it, with plenty of red herrings.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book, and at first it was very difficult to stomach reading about the treatment of the Jewish prisoners. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SueC
Very interesting concept. Thought I figured it out but it is too good a book to let you do that. Really enjoyed it.Published 16 months ago by Eddie Saunders