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Let this story stand as an important and chilling reminder of man's inhumanity to man.
on December 15, 2016
Initially, I decided against writing a review because it's too difficult to do so.
Where do I start...what do I say? This is not a story. It's an eyewitness account...a memoir. It's not the type of book that you can rate as 'good', 'mediocre' or 'weak' because it's not the kind of book you read for entertainment or enjoyment.
What are my five stars for? The courage to speak out and write this book, even though there are people who judge the doctor as detached/emotionless. First, we have to remember that the story was translated. Another thing to consider is, maybe this clinical approach was intentional so that the cold, hard facts (or as close to it as possible) could be captured and relayed to the world? Maybe the doctor did so as a coping mechanism...to preserve what was left of his sanity? Who knows. I don't know. I'm not a historian or an expert on these matters, nor am I in a position to say that the doctor was right or wrong.
We must be careful not to slip into the comfortable role of armchair critics as we read these almost unbelievable and horrific accounts from our 21st century perspectives. It's seventy plus years later, and as time passes, these atrocities will become even more distant.
So let this story stand as an important and chilling reminder of man's inhumanity to man.