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The truth has never been told so well
on 23 September 2017
Having read a fair bit on the Holocaust and it's aftermath, I was sceptical how well this book would grip me, however the clever way in which the author not only tells the story of the holocaust as narrative on genocide that too often has, because of it's sheer scope and the numbers, feel completely out of comprehension to later generations, feel all to real and personal to the reader. The story is told through the author's interactions with his father. The highlighting of his frustrations with an elderly person who, like many survivors, did not come out of the experience whole. The clever use of animals to portray nationalities and the subtle blend of personal recollections in the wider historical context, as well as the horrors that took place once the war was over are given suitable portrayal in the frames they occupy. The side stories give so much depth to the individuals involved, not least the author and his father, and prove that in this terrible situation there are villains amongst the victims as there are amongst the perpetrators. Overall a fine piece of work that deserves every accolade it gets.