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TOUCHING THE WIRE: Auschwitz:1944 A Jewish nurse steps from a cattle wagon into the heart of a young doctor, but can he save her? 70yrs later, his granddaughter tries to keep the promise he made. Kindle Edition
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The setting and the historical background could be a double-edged sword in this case, since there have been so may works set in the time of World War II, but Bryn managed to create a masterpiece based on the eternal struggles of the human soul, the decisions, the burdens, and the memories that are forever in charge.
I liked the structure of the book, and the fact that the intertwining of the past and the present felt natural, which is one of the things that prove Bryn is an outstanding author. But the technical elements of a book are never what convinces me that what I'm reading is a great work - it is the stories in the story that I want to feel, and when an author manages to combine so many intricately described and deeply disturbing events that are stories themselves into the main story, I am convinced I have chosen well.
Touching the Wire challenges you to look deeper and think about questions that cannot be answered simply (if at all), which makes it a difficult book to read at times, but then again, the wire is all around us and only those who dared to touch it can claim to have lived.
I’ve read several factual accounts of the history which the author has used for the core of her story. Rebecca has included activities of not only Nazi soldiers, but also the prisoners themselves and the vile activities of one of the most hated mass-murderers of modern times; Dr Josef Mengele.
I served in the modern Germany for many years and know the deep shame and regret that the more recent generations of German people feel for the actions of some of their forefathers.
When you’ve walked around the mass graves of Bergen-Belsen and visited the Jewish History Museum of Berlin, or Amsterdam, you begin to sense the true horror of what happened to so many innocent people. They suffered and died needlessly.
This story unwinds in two parts. The first half of the story takes us back and forward from present day to the horror. The constant rebounding enables us to see the atrocities through the eyes of a prisoner, who is also a doctor. It is he who must deal with his demons. The second part of the story is played out as a mystery/suspense which unfolds like the petals of a rose, one layer after another to a blossoming end.
The dialogue is worked with an occasional translation, but this doesn’t affect the entertainment for the reader. Many scenes are of a graphic nature, so be prepared to be shocked. The imagery, like the dialogue is done extremely well. I congratulate Rebecca on not only her writing and storytelling prowess, but also her outstanding research.
This was an amazing story.
Immediately, i fell into the rhythm of the tale, and lost track of all time. Before long, i found myself toward the final pages, wishing it wouldn't end.
That's the ONLY disappointing thing about this book. The author would have held my attention for a thousand more pages.
Thank you, Rebecca Bryn for a spectacular story.
It touched, moved, and delighted me, and in today's day and age, that's not an easy task.
Now, please write more!
You have a fan for life.
Fear. That's basically what this book boils down to. It was my first time reading one about someone from the other side of the war, an SS doctor. He is not evil. In fact, he does everything he thinks he can to save those under his watch. But his fear kept him from doing more. Walt went through a lot during his time working at aushwitz. He was tasked with doctoring many who were destined to die anyway. I think the book called it one of Germany's great contradictions.
Years, later his granddaughter is on a quest to learn the truth of his past using clues he has left and memories of those he once loved. What she discovers will change her entire world and make her question everything she knows about the man she so revered.
The story features many flashback that create a heartbreaking look into life in the camp. It's hard to read but you can't tear your eyes away. The characters have such an astounding resilience. Even the SS doctor is endearing and you finding yourself rooting for him despite your desire to hate him. In these pages you fall in love and then find yourself broken again and again. I won't soon forget this book. The story is sure to haunt me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a rollercoaster of a read! Good plot, total twist of the ending, I did not put this down until three nights later. I'm watching for more books from her. I loved it!Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
In my opinion, this book should be available in schools, colleges, universities & libraries as a reference tool!
The 3rd Reich. Couldn't put it down as a 30 year retired history teacher. Great twists of fate for all in the story. Kept my interest to the very end!
I'm pretty much obsessed with WWII fiction, especially when told from different perspectives. This more than fit the bill. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debbie Patten
I reAlly enjoyed this book. It is pretty accurate as to what happened during the war, I have read many books about the holocaust that are written by the survivors and they all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by niki
This book was haunting. From the first page, it grabbed me and kept me entranced to the last word. The author wove the horror of the past into the normalcy of the present so... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Touching the wire is a story told in two parts. Part one is narrated by Walt, a grandfather of seven year old twins Charlotte and Lucy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angela Lockwood
A book written now, even as memories of World War II death camps are fading, challenging what would you do, what can you forgive. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan
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