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Moving and personal Holocaust survivor account.
on 14 July 2013
A powerful memoir. I was incredibly moved by the experiences of Otto Dov Kulka who, as a child, survived life in Auschwitz and who now, at 80, has given the world his personal memories as testament to those times. The child reaches out from these pages and the years drop away. You find yourself hand in hand with the ten year old Otto and his honesty and clarity are powerfully emotional things.
I'm not going to go into detail about the horror of the camps and instead would rather focus on the strength of the human spirit crying out behind each and every word. At times there's an almost spiritual beauty here that transcends the barbarity.....although, obviously, could never excuse it.
The use of illustrations adds emotional texture while black and white photographs remind us of the stark reality. Much thought has gone into the presentation of the book which has been carefully and gently created to house such an important work.
I have only one thing to add - read the book - it's important we remember.