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  • 03/2019
  • 9781096711278 781096711278
  • 118 pages
  • $15.99
George Baum
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The Human Spirit Under Siege
George Baum, author
A chronicle of events that led to the author's incarceration in the Terezin concentration camp, contrasting his experience to the world we live in now, when masses of humanity are recording their plight on their cell phones for everyone to witness. The author was born the same year that Adolf Hitler came to power in Nazi Germany. The book describes how their lives intersected a number of times in the ensuing decade. The 15 Episodes of the book are a personal account observed and recalled through childhood memories, and brought into the realities of the 21st century. Photographs and maps.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea: A Jewish family torn apart under Nazi rule, most of whom faced extermination, emerge from the pages of this survivor’s illustrated memoir, a heartbreaking account that allows a candid view of their devastation. Historical records and photographs enrich the reading experience, although these images tend to overwhelm the brief text.

Prose: Succinct, straightforward, and heart-rending, this revealing autobiography reaches into the past to illuminate the present and, like evidence in a time capsule, its contents will educate. Immersion—a nonstop read from beginning to end—is the best way to embark on this journey.

Originality: Holocaust memoirs have been written in abundance, detailing the horrific genocide during World War II—every approach different, every story unique, every personal tragedy an unspeakable nightmare. This particular account stands out for its clarity.

Execution: From the viewpoint of an innocent boy, and later, a traumatized man, this haunting look at existence in the former Czechoslovakia under Hitler’s regime, then at the Terezin transitional concentration camp, brings to life the terror of anti-Semitism, even after WWII ended. Loss of business, loss of money, loss of home, loss of family, and finally, loss of life—all are addressed in this work's detailed description of atrocities.

Blurb: A survivor’s harrowing, photograph-enhanced memoir sheds light on the holocaust.

 

Date Submitted: October 01, 2019

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 03/2019
  • 9781096711278 781096711278
  • 118 pages
  • $15.99

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