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At the Edge of the Abyss: A Concentration Camp Diary, 1943-1944 Hardcover – March 29, 2012
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"This powerful diary deserves to take its place among the small number of such journals, notably that of Anne Frank, that elucidate the evil of the Nazi war against the Jews."--Jewish Book World
"Dutch Jew David Koker’s extraordinary diary, a clear-eyed and sensitive account of life inside a concentration camp, is finally available in English" --Tablet
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I donated my copy to the local library, so more people would read it and get to know and understand what happened to people during the Holocaust. David was a poet by nature, he was brave and courageous. The story isn't about him, it is more about the people he was imprisoned with, we find out their personal story and destiny. David wrote about the friends and family outside the internment camp who supported him and others.
A humbling book about a man who ended up living in hell. This book ought to be on the syllabus of our school and universities.
It's hard to "love" or "enjoy" a book like this. As noted by another reviewer, it starkly points out the reality of the Shoah. That we lost more than a given number of lives. In this case, we lost a (very young) 22 year old brilliant author.
I will not spoil one of the most poignant moment in the diary, suffice to say that it was the one time the author, hardened as he was by life in Vught, allowed us to share his deepest gut feelings, and I still felt that 70 years later.
Kudos too to the translators of the original works. I am so glad that you have accorded an entire new group of people the opportunity to read about this period.
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The book is great if someone wants to understand how people change inside concentration camps and how they are humans and still make mistakes and do awful things, David is not a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing insight about camp live described in real time. No one ever described a real day in a prisoner's life, which gives the reader an amazing depth and dimensionPublished on May 24, 2013 by Danimax01
As a former inmate myself of one of the most dreary French concentration camps under German administration, which served primarily as a first stop for deportation to Auschwitz for... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Dr. Arnold Einhorn