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The Indestructable Spirit of the Human
on October 15, 2013
The human spirit is indestructable. This has been shown in our human history over and over again. It ia also so in Martin Fletcher's new novel "Jacob's Oath". This is a diary of various moments in the lives of Jacob and Sarah during WW II and its aftermath. Having lost everything, family, home, all suport systems, totally subjected to the kind of torture we humans are capable of, these two Jews try to survive in an environment that hates them. Jacob is a survivor of Bergen-Beslsen, torture camps for Jews. He witnessed the killing of his little brother. Sarah had lost the love her life, Hoppi, one night in a deserted cemetery she prematurely gives birth to her baby. Baby is born dead. She is alone and terrified as the chance of life coming to an end instantly, either at the hands of the Soviets of the Nazis, is a given. Sarah and Joseph meet by chance while hiding and together attempt to survive meantally and physically. Sarah has many emotional scars. The vivid descriptions of foraging for food, cigarette butts, as well as, safety are vivid. Sarah is helped by and American GI after being brutally raped. The soldier takes her to a hospital. Eventually Sarah and Jacob fall in love. They are not able to move on with their lives until Jacob is able to avenge the murder of his little brother Maxie. The pshychological scars are receding somewhat for the two of them but all is definately not well. There are many moments here in this novel where I had to put the book down and go for a little walk to air out my head. It is an amazing, yet, a very disturbing story. Surely required reading for generations who are interested in WW II and those who are interested in what exactly happened in the distant past. There are not many left who can tell the human history of WW II in the first person. We must read and learn about those times so as to help prevent this from ever happening again. This book is a lesson in geopgraphy, human prejudice, fear and above all history.
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