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I understand what you mean about being drawn to these types of stories; they tend to be hard to read, but they can also be uplifting as well.


It doesn't sound strange to enjoy books about this time period. I know exactly what you mean. I think it's important that we always remember this, as well as all the other tragedies people have perpetrated against each other. If more people read about history, we'd quit making the same mistakes over and over. O.K., sorry, I didn't mean to get on my soapbox. :)


Heather--I have a good shelf full of books on WWII and the Holocaust, though of late I've not been reading much. I'm so glad I came across this book.
Lisa--Feel free to get on your soapbox as I feel exactly the same way. I think it's so important for survivors to tell their stories!


I dug out my copy of Rutka's Notebook with the intention of trying to get to it this week. Rutka Laskier was 14 and is described on the cover as "The Polish Anne Frank". I have several more books with this subject matter- some about survivors and some not. The conversation I have with myself in the bookstore goes something like "Why would I want to read this it will be sad and wrenching...well yes, but these stories need to be known."

Jennifer Dee

I too love books from WW11 and WW1 and many of them I believe should be must reads for everyone. I read a book called 'Clara's War' many years ago, I will have to check to see if it's the same book or just one with the same title. What a lovely person she is. And to think if she hadn't survived her children and grandchildren would'nt be here today. They must feel quite blessed in many ways.


I do know what you mean. One of my 'favourite' novels is Jorge Semprun's L'ecriture ou la vie, all about his experiences in the camps. Parts of it are terrible, but in the main it explores his life before incarceration, his thoughts on philosophy, the bonds he builds with other prisoners, and some of it is just amazing. Have you read any Elie Wiesel, Danielle? I haven't, but he is supposed to be very good.


Danielle, thanks for this wonderful review. Books about the Holocaust are always difficult to read, but are almost always an uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome. You are so correct in saying that we need to keep telling the story of this time so it is never fogotten. Many thanks for the reminder of the day.


I had no idea it was Holocaust Remembrance Day but I started reading this very same book Tues night as well!


Sam--I've read some really good diaries and nonfiction books in general about Holocaust survivors. They can be very hard going, but I don't think I've ever come across a book on this subject that I didn't think was really excellent.
Jennifer--I was happy to find that video of Clara speaking. I hadn't really thought about it as she put it--but really an entire generation was wiped out--and all their children and their children's children. It makes it all the more disheartening to think about. Still, what I've read has been good and I'm glad she wrote her story down.
Litlove--Has Jorge Semprun's book been translated into English? It sounds very powerful. I've not read Elie Wiesel, and I'm sorry to say I don't think I even own any of his books. I'm sure my library has them and I should really read something by him.
Grad--These stories are always so amazing. I always wonder how I would have reacted, but it's something that's nearly impossible to wrap my mind around. I guess what I like is that no matter how bad things could be--people still struggled hard to survive--and also the portraits of the people who did not look away from the wrongs but tried to help people even with risks to themselves and their families.
Nicola--Isn't it a good book! Perfect timing to start it now. I knew there was a day to memorialize it, but I couldn't remember the date and saw it listed on the back of the book!

Dorothy W.

This does sound like a good book, and I agree that reading about how people handled horrible adversity can be difficult but also inspiring. It's comforting, somehow, to see that people can be strong and tenacious in horrible circumstances.


Dorothy--Books like these can be depressing, but in a way they also can give you a little hope, too, to see how courageous people (even young children) can be. So far I'm really enjoying it, though I wonder how heart wrenching it is going to be. I've not read any books like this for a while now, so it feels good to be reading something NF that's historical (without all the dates and overload of facts).


I was just looking at this book on Amazon the other night and here it is! This is one I definitely want to read.


Tara--It's very good. Once you start reading it can be hard to put down!

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