on 7 July 2012
The wonderful thing about this stupendous book is its humanity. Saul Friedlander puts a human face onto terrible events, and makes them not only extremely moving but unforgettable. This work was very well researched, and individual Jewish voices from different parts of Europe are here able to bear witness, and speak for themselves across the years.
They speak within the framework of Friedlander's very lucid explanation of the cruel policies of persecution which gradually developed across Nazi-dominated Europe between 1933-45. As a Jewish boy, Friedlander himself survived because he was hidden by a French Catholic family. As an eye-opener onto another world, this vivid, enthralling, but heartbreaking book is very highly recommended.