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The Devil's Bookkeepers: Book 1: The Noose by [Mark Newhouse]

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Reviewed By Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Devil's Bookkeepers is a historical fiction novel based on an actual Jewish chronicle of the declining conditions in the ghetto of Lodz, an industrial city in Nazi-controlled Poland, during World War II. Lodz was the second largest ghetto in German-occupied Europe, but very few of its residents survived the Holocaust. Among those survivors were the parents of author Mark Newhouse, who wrote this story as a tribute and as a plea that we allow such things to happen "Never again to anyone."

In The Devil's Bookkeepers, Newhouse gives us a moving and an emotionally riveting account of life inside the ghetto from the perspective of its residents, and the impact on them physically, emotionally, and mentally. If this were a film, it would carry warnings about its graphic nature not being suitable for all viewers. But, it doesn't hit you all at once. There is hope in the beginning that the war will end soon and the ghetto with it, but things only get worse as they go from terrible to intolerable, from difficult to unbelievable, and from rational to insane. You cannot read this story and remain unaffected. Highly recommended. 

"Thisbook made me a good way."  NeilCampbell

 "...a riveting, emotionally charged novel... an amazing accomplishment. The characterscome achingly alive -- their pain, your anguish -- their hope, your longing forthe war to end and their lives to continue. This is a must-read..." LouisEmond, Professor of English, Assistant to the President, Darton College(retired)   

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Can love exist as people face life-threatening circumstances and terrible choices in a ghetto under Nazi rule? The Devil's Bookkeepers is a story of love, friendship and courage that follows the timeline of events depicted by mostly anonymous entries in the Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto translated and edited by Lucjan Dobroszycki, (Yale University Press, 1984) with a passionate human story that readers have said, "keeps them up all night" and "makes them a good way." Sadly, most people have never heard of this amazing Chronicle. I almost threw this 'monster' book into my thrift store pile until I saw it was personalized to my mother and step-father, two Holocaust survivors. After reading the mostly anonymous entries, I knew I had to do something to bring the steps leading to the annihilation of the ghetto to life, to add the human story that readers have called, "gripping" and "incredibly suspenseful". Of the approximately 250,000 people who suffered the deprivation the Nazis inflicted in the ghetto, less than 5,000 survived. Two were my parents. While I knew they were Lodz survivors, they never talked about their experiences: what it was like living with starvation, brutal Nazi oppression and the uncertainty that was constantly a sword over their heads. As I read the impersonal entries, I felt for the time the suspense that clouded every day of life for the ghetto residents as their controversial leader enforced Nazi decrees. My research into the real heroes, the Chroniclers, was frustrating. As Dobroszycki states in his introduction, they are almost invisible. But I couldn't put the book down, gleaning from their unemotional depiction of events, clues to a horrific dramatic example of genocide and occupation, perhaps the worst ever perpetrated. I did not know if I could create a cast of characters and storyline that would do this history justice, but had to try. Even if it never was published, I had to make this tragic part of  my family's past a legacy for my children and grandchildren. It was as if the spirits of the grandparents and my family who died in the Holocaust, were pushing me to finish. When the first draft was done, I was drained, feeling as if I'd experienced each tiny twist that was the tightening of the Nazi noose around the characters I loved. I wasn't sure others would feel the suspense and be moved by the fictional love story that makes this tragedy so powerful. I was excited when my first reader, an English professor wrote, "An amazing accomplishment". Other early readers described how they "couldn't put it down"; "it numbed me", "gripping", and my favorite, "This book makes me a good way." I hope it makes readers "mad" enough "in a good  way" to want to read the original Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto, and to end the senseless hate that continues to hurt our fellow human beings. I want my passionate love story to drive home the reality that when we hate we destroy real people, who are not just numbers, but who want life and love, children, hope and a future as much as we all do. Not only do I want to honor my parents, my lost family, but to pay tribute to all those who suffer hate and genocide in the past, present, and future. I hope you care for the characters as much as I do and thank you for sharing this experience with those you love. Together, we can assure "Never again to anyone." Watch for Book 2 soon.

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  • Publication Date : February 6, 2019
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 374 pages
  • Publisher : NCG Key (February 6, 2019)
  • File Size : 3031 KB
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
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