Top positive review
2 February 2015
It seemed to be strange that the day after I finished this book was the 22nd January 2015, exactly 70 years since the liberation of captives held in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp.
This book was not an easy read. It deals with a time in history that many of us choose to remember (or forget) in a variety of ways. Yet, this is the first time I have read about the events surrounding the war from a different point of view. "The Book Thief" and "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" are notable examples of alternative reads in this genre.
Some of the characters in this book are Jews who have never actively followed their faith, and are willing to give up their religious views to convert into Christianity. However, nothing seems to be enough to hide their background and a lot of emphasis was placed on physical features, e.g. someone's nose!
Truly, the extent to which the Nazi regime went to justify their actions (i.e. murdering innocent people who did not fit their idea of the acceptable) is truly appalling, but the fact people believed it as the truth is worse.
I read the book and was in awe of the way the author told his story in a way in which you actually felt for most of the characters, even the ones that were truly stupid!
I recommend this for those wanting to read about events during the Second World War from a different perspective. A few times, the pace was very slow, but stick with it. It was truly thought-provoking.