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  • Perfect Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Media Consultants Inc; First edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890123781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890123789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book taster on April 11, 2011
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Exactly a year ago I heard Holocaust survivor Morris Glass speak at Meredith College here in Raleigh and have now read his just-published memoir CHOSEN FOR DESTRUCTION. The work recounts what Glass endured between the ages of eleven and seventeen, first, as the inmate of a Polish ghetto, then as prisoner in various Nazi work camps. Written with history professor Carolyn Happer, who introduces chapters with historical background for the Holocaust, Glass's memoir is vivid, compelling, and powerfully affecting. I highly recommend it for book clubs and as supplementary reading for high school and college students. Those who read Laura Hillenbrand's UNBROKEN will no doubt find Glass's account just as engaging and inspiring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EMW on April 12, 2011
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Once you begin reading Chosen For Destruction you won't want to put it down. It is beautifully written in Morris Glass's vernacular and the historical prose of Dr. Carolyn Happer. The format made it easy to read and know whether it was history or biography. Dr. Happer obviously did a great deal of research on the holocaust in order to write this book. It is a must read for English and History high school and college classes. Book clubs will appreciate the discussions this book will promote. Buy it, read it and savor it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Holmes on May 2, 2011
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I just finished reading Chosen for Destruction and I don't know what to say. What a story. Mr. Glass is clearly an incredible man with an incredible story. When he reached the monastery and a nun opened the door I yelled out a cheer loud enough for my mother to come in from the kitchen to see what had happened. This book is fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By leseratte on July 8, 2011
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Holocaust literature is an important part of the reading universe, yet it is also a paradox for those who choose to read it.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Smith on June 30, 2011
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This book beautifully integrates an autobiography with a historical account of the Holocaust. Morris Glass recounts his own experience as a Jewish child growing up in an atmosphere of pervasive antisemitism in 1930s Poland, and then forced into ghettos and work/death camps after the Nazis occupied his country. Glass tells his story in a matter-of-fact way -- the events are so gripping that they need no dramatic rhetoric to underscore their awfulness. And historian Carolyn Happer does a great job of helping the reader understand which aspects of Glass's experience were representative and which were unusual.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Scott Russ on June 12, 2011
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I personally know Morris which makes the events of his life all the more real to me. I hear him narrating these passages and can hear the pain in his voice from reliving them. But even if you haven't had the honor of meeting him or hearing him speak at various schools about his ordeal, you need to read this book. It needs to be a part of high school curriculum. It needs to be understood by those that have no interest in history that these things can happen slowly and all at once, all over again unless we are diligent watchdogs. This is a difficult book to enjoy precisely because of everything that Mr. Glass went through, but it is compelling for the same reasons. My only complaint is how brief the book is. I don't want to dwell on the horrific things he experienced, but found myself wanting more history of the places he went. Perhaps that is one of the greatest things about this story is that it encourages you to seek out a greater understanding of WWII and the Holocaust. I also wish he had included his life after liberation because he has lived a life enough for three people. The true power of the novel comes close to the end. I wont spoil it, but even without a full epilogue of his story after the War to inspire and motivate people, his articulated perspective on everything he went through leaves the reader with the feeling that his or her daily troubles are easily overcome. I highly encourage you to get this. Talk to your local high school about purchasing many copies for a Jr. or Sr. class. It's worth it.
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