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on 12 February 2011
I am a holocaust educator. I have spent the last few years immersed in survivour accounts and having the privilage to meet with many people who suffered through this ordeal. I really think that there are some time periods in history which should be left sacrosanct, or at least not be treated with a false, apparently only semi-fictional, vaguely pornographical and downright disrespectful (as far as I am concerned) attitude.

I would not recomend this book to anyone, and I would warn anyone with any emotional connection to the Holocaust to stear well clear.
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on 26 December 2010
This is a collection of three short stories involving three different individuals caught up in the Holocaust. The first involves a young female involved in a resistance movement in the Lodz ghetto, the second involves an unlikely relationship between a female prisoner and a guard within a concentration camp and the third involves a mass breakout from Sobibor.

The first story is by far the longest and the second and third stories are much shorter. All emphasise the determination to survive, to keep on loving when death abounds and to exist when human status has been stripped away. These semi-fictional stories are short, but extremely powerful and reinforce humanity's propensity to do both good and evil in extraordinary times.

If you usually read Holocaust testimonies, then I would highly recommend this short read. Yes, the stories may be fictional, but they are written in such a clever manner that they appear to be actual survivor accounts. With so many innocent people killed in this atrocity, these stories are a testament to the many who were slain and who never had the opportunity to tell their own story of suffering.
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on 1 May 2013
Having read many stories about survivors from the Holocaust, I must admit I was expecting a bit better, the 2nd story about the guard and sophie was definatley a bit far fetched as those people had not feeling towards anyone in Auchwitz and the third about sobibor just felt like a bit of a rip off from the film. I think the first story was the better of the three but was OK as a quick read.
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on 7 August 2014
We all know something about the holocaust, these stories from different characters tell the story from different views, including a young German man working in the camp. Truly a must read book.
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on 20 June 2013
The stories were very poignant and interesting from an historical point of view. Would recommend for history lovers, such a different world.
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on 30 May 2014
although i have carried out a fair amount of research on the holocaust i was still horrified by what man is capable of
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on 23 March 2015
Not the best! The first 'tale' was the best....reasonably well written, but the other two definitely 'below par'
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on 17 May 2015
Harrowing but our duty to read these horrific stories in respect for the victims.
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on 24 March 2015
VERY GOOD & VERY HAPPY
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