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Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor Perfect Paperback – March 28, 2011
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We honor the voices of those who chronicle their suffering and survival while abhorring the tragedy that necessitated the need for such testimony. Their stories evoke strong emotion as they touch on the spectrum of the best and worst in humanity.
Often those who read such memoirs also read scholarly works to provide a historical framework for the unfathomable event.
This book is different in that it combines both approaches. Mr Glass's words are powerful and haunting. Dr. Happer's excellent analysis evokes similar emotion through her stark exegesis of the history.
The two complementary parts of the book work seamlessly to create a richly rewarding reading experience. The reader is immersed in the story of one brave survivor while at the same time gaining an overview of events in Poland and Europe at the time. Mr Glass is eloquent and empathetic, and Dr. Happer provides relevant and educational background in a tone of quiet authority. His recollections put the spotlight on personalizing one in millions, and her umbrella highlights how many millions of such stories exist to be told. It is a brilliant and highly effective symphony.
This book is wonderful, highly readable, a worthy entry into the ranks of Holocaust literature. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Among the book's many virtues, two of the most outstanding are its clarity and concision. Not a word or a page is wasted. At 160 pages, it is easy to read in just a couple of sittings, as I did - in fact, because the story is so compelling, it's hard NOT to read it this way. Like other readers, I found it hard to put down. At the same time, though, it does much more than just stir the reader's sense of horror and empathy; the historical explanation leaves you with a solid understanding of the bigger picture. For example, after Glass writes movingly of his experience being transported from the Lodz ghetto to his first Nazi camp in a cattle car, Happer discusses the Nazi transportation system. She tells us how the Nazis managed to get military equipment to the fronts and Jews to the camps using the same busy rail lines, how much the Polish rail companies charged the Nazis to transport the victims, and how the Nazis paid those bills.Read more ›
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This book is not the first I've read about the horror of the Holocaust. This book is so compelling it was difficult to put down. How did he manage to make it through? Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by lynnd
This book is amazing. I am Middle Eastern, bron muslim, but not practicing any religion. I am in favor of tolerance, and curious about other cultures and traditions. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by SHM
My "review" here cannot possibly do this story justice, but I feel absolutely compelled to put in my two cents because of my personal connection to the authors, as other reviewers... Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by mj
To think of the horror the victims of the Holocaust went through is sickening. Mr. Glass tells this story through his own soulful eyes. He's an amazing man to listen to.Published on September 12, 2011 by C. Okeefe