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An incredible story and an important read
on 11 November 2014
When it comes to topics like the Holocaust I am ashamed to admit that I am like most people in the world in that I approach the subject like an ostrich; sticking my head in the sand and trying to ignore that it ever happened.
From time to time however, a book or film that focuses on what is probably the greatest atrocity in the history of our species slips past my blinkers and every time I am equally horrified but also enthralled by the stories. This book was one of those occasions and though at times it was very hard to read (because of the content, not the quality of the writing) I am glad that I have read it.
This is the incredibly well written biography of a man born during the second world war and after learning of the terrible history his family suffered through, swearing vengeance against the men responsible. It can be effectively broken into two parts, the parts that detailed his life and then the story of his auntie as she recounted the horrors of Jewish life in Nazi Germany.
I am inclined to believe this story to be a non-fiction book even though the large majority of the book is unverifiable. The reason why I believe this is because of the absolute horror described in these pages.
I have read thousands of books in my life of various topics and watched countless movies to the point where I thought that I had become desensitized to horror elements in stories of both fact and fiction. This book proved me wrong on that front. The atrocities detailed in these pages had me often putting down the book in horror at what I was reading. Even the most disturbing fiction books I have read do not come close to this story and out of that thought alone I am inclined to believe that this book is true as I don't think anyone would ever lie about such things and expect to be believed. Only real life could ever be so blatantly bold and horrific.
Basically I think that this is an excellent book and a very important one. It is incredibly well written, gripping right from the start and deals with a topic that everyone should at least spend a small amount of time reading about if for no other reason than reading the stories of their suffering and making sure they are never forgot being the least that we can do for these people who suffered so greatly.