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on February 11, 2015
Mila 18 is an epic novel by Leon Uris. Leon painstakingly researched the Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising and the facts are historically correct. However, he used his imagination as a fiction writer to create the characters and their conversations and movements. Some of the characters are real and were actually in the Ghetto and did what he says they did. Rosenblum, for instance, did write a journal about what was going on in the Ghetto and he did bury writings, diaries, histories, etc. in milk cans and other canisters at various spots in Warsaw. Some were actually retrieved; but some are still lost. This is not a book to be read in one sitting or even two. It is a book to be savored and thought about as you are reading. Although not necessary, knowing something of the history of the Warsaw ghetto, the Uprising, and the Nazis, it does help to understand the actions of the characters better.
In addition to being a story about the ghetto and the uprising, an attempt to understand how different people react to the same circumstances. He shows how and tells why some Jews became collaborators and “betrayed” their own, sometimes even their own families. As it begins before WWII, you see how those who considered themselves not to be Jews were drawn into helping the Nazis. It explains how the Jewish ruling group in the Ghetto came about and how each member dealt with what he had to do.
His book also shows how women were controlled by their husbands and fathers prior to WWII and how that changed as the war continues. Some were forced by circumstances to break out of the mold and become independent young women. Rachael, for example, defied her father by living with Wolf. He refused to allow the marriage by himself and made sure the other Jews knew he did not condone marriage thus leaving them to live together in “sin”. What is interesting is that Rachael does have the consent of her mother to do this. Deborah was in an arranged marriage and found herself basically a slave to her husband. She met Christopher de Monti before the war and had an affair with him. When given a chance to leave the Ghetto with Christopher, she refused and stayed with her children in the Ghetto. Christopher, an Italian by passport, refused to leave since he couldn’t leave Deborah even though he doesn’t see her anymore. Leon Uris delves into changes in social standards as he writes.
The book is very good and very well written. It is another book that brings history to life.
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on June 18, 2014
The transcribing on this was exceptionally poor. Missing punctuation, misplaced punctuation, and inappropriate capitalization are spoiling this classic by a vaunted author. I haven't read it in quite some years, but I know better than to think that this is how Leon Uris used dialect in character portrayal. Now I'm beginning to wonder what might have been left out. I'm really disappointed in this purchase of a piece of literature that I know is better. I don't know who did the transcribing, but if you read this, shame on you.
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on March 6, 2017
I never review books and i read about 1 a week. This one I just had to !
It was written the year i was born, so - its old !
Although a dark time in the history of the world, this novel incorporates factual events and will rip at your emotions from several angles.
Exodus and Trinity were deemed Uris's best, but "Mila 18" is one of the most amazing historical fiction novels ive ever read - i cannot recommend highly enough !
Mr Uris has been gone since 2003, but his work will live forever !
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I first read Mila 18 about 30 years ago - and picked it up for my Kindle and haven't regretted it. Leon Uris was a master storyteller, and Mila 18 is certainly a timeless classic that drives home what really happened during World War II as someone who actually lived during the time vs. today's Hollywood versions that don't hold true to form or history.

Uris paints the picture of the Warsaw ghetto with absolute realism: I felt like I was actually there, could smell the smells, and I had a range of emotions while reading it - happy, sad, a little depressed, and intense anger wishing I could lash out at the Nazi aggressors as well as the Polish population who sat back and encouraged the slaughter.

I believe this should be read by just about everyone - not only because it is a great story by a master storyteller, but to remind people of what actually happened in the hope it will never happen again.
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on March 22, 2017
This book details the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, Poland. A sad story, but well written.
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on March 13, 2017
I liked the way the book was written through different views. I learned that Jews in many different countries were murdered while their fellow countrymen looked away. Propaganda was perfected by the Nazis.
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on March 13, 2017
I love Leon Uris books. I've not been disappointed yet.
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on March 15, 2017
Alexander Brandle had reported and was able to hide from the German s . Thank goodness there were some Jewish people left to report this to the world .
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on March 10, 2017
Very good
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on August 10, 2014
Excellent! I love the way Leon Uris tied all the characters together!
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