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By Thaisa Frank:Heidegger's Glasses: A Novel [Hardcover] Hardcover – November 1, 2009

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; First Edition edition (November 1, 2009)
  • ASIN: B00AVDJ1J2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,059,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Author Thaisa Frank deserves praise for creating a unique and credible fictional account of the Holocaust. Having taught Holocaust history to middle and high school students years ago, I was pleased to note the research behind this novel. The story itself is quite unique in that it focuses on a group of Jews (during the Holocaust) who have been tasked with various responsibilities such as keeping the books, doing various other jobs that utilizes the inmates' various skills, and letter-writing.

Well, it's the letter-writing that is really unique, because these incarcerated Jews are tasked with responding to letters intended for Jews long dead in the fires of the Holocaust, either killed by starvation, hard labor, gassed, etc. The letters are meant to reassure the outside world that all is well with the transported/deported Jews, so that no one suspects the true fate that has befallen them.

Much has been written in the other reviews about the strengths of this novel, and I agree with most of them. The author's gift is in bringing this harrowing period to life with all the darkness and brutality of the time. There is poignancy here and also humor, despair and hope. The characters are so well-written that the reader comes to genuinely care about them (those that deserve sympathy that is). Well worth reading!
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