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The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million Hardcover – September 19, 2006
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A whole culture lies behind the story Mendelsohn tells, and a lifetime of reading as well. For our Grownup School feature, he has given us a tour of some of the books behind his own, in a list he calls 10 Great Novels of Family History, the Holocaust, New York Jewish Life (And Other Things That Helped Me Write My Book). And you can watch his own moving introduction to the book in this short video:
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As a young boy growing up among his extended Jewish family Daniel Mendelsohn was mystified by the tears that broke out whenever he entered a room occupied by his grandparents and great-aunts and uncles. He looked so much like Schmiel, a man he only vaguely knew to be an uncle who had died in Eastern Europe during World War II. Fortunately, Daniel became interested in family history at an early age and began to ask questions and keep records. Eventually, as an adult, he and his siblings undertook to discover what had actually happened to Uncle Schmiel and his family.
The resulting journeys took Daniel to Ukraine, Israel, Poland, Sweden, and Australia among other places and allowed him to meet many former residents of Bolochow, the shtetl in which Daniel's family, including Schmiel, had lived. He interviewed witnesses to the deaths of Schmiel and his wife and daughters and recorded sometimes conflicting accounts of their deaths and those of thousands of others. At times the stories are repetitive, but they are no less compelling to read.
I liked this book on a number of levels. First, as I said above, its another essential Holocaust record and must be one of the last to record so many first hand accounts of what happened during the Final Solution. Second, the many characters are very appealing.Read more ›
The author's journey led him to the Ukraine, Israel, Australia and Scandinavia. He spoke with elderly survivors who had some memory of his family or the way they lived. What he learned was shocking, chilling and yet somehow inspiring. The people he spoke to were old, their memories were fading, and some of the stories they told were merely rumors. Often, some of the stories contradicted each other. Questions were raised. Did one of the daughters have a romantic relationship with a young Polish man who tried to save her? What was the real reason that one of the brothers emigrated to Israel in the 1930s? What was it like for the people who had all their possessions and dignity stripped from them? How did each one of these six people die? And, ever more importantly, how did they live?
As the author is a professor of classics, mixed in with the basic story are very interesting discourses on complex interpretations of the Old Testament. There are many interpretations of the way the ancient words were used and discussions about their true meaning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting journey. Mr Mendelssohn adds to the previous history which has been out there for all these yearsPublished 2 days ago by Carol B
While I can't say I enjoyed this book, I did learn from the thought provoking ideas proposed. I also learned much more than I would have imagined about life during and after the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a heartbreaking book. When I first read it, I could only read a few pages at a time. The author does an amazing job of relating what happened to his family and others.Published 3 days ago by Riva Know
Haunting..I too grew up on Long Island, same age as the author - with many Jewish friends. Had many elderly patients - Yiddish speakers- at beth Isreal Hospital in Manhattan and H... Read morePublished 6 days ago by KatieSparkle
Extraordinary researched book about one family's experience before, during, and after the holocaust. The amount of dedication in finding and interviewing survivors is incredible. Read morePublished 8 days ago by nancy
I read this book when it was first released. I heard the author speaking about this book on NPR and immediately related to his family. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Pams952
This is a book about memory, about a last chance to collect few fragments of a fading memory just before that memory is lost for good. Read morePublished 20 days ago by rf1