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For many readers, the definitive Holocaust experience


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Initial post: Jan 30, 2006 11:47:28 AM PST
I recall first reading this as a teenager, and it was a transformative part of growing up. Since then I have heard from many people that reading this memoir was an experience itself, and the definitive exposure to the Holocaust for them. Certainly the reviews on Amazon reflect that.

The greatness of this thin book is its haunting humanity, even in its plain unembroidered atrocity and quick descent into brutishness. There is no vivid redemption, no real heroes, just survival. When people say "Never forget," they mean the WWII Holocaust -- but this book reminds me that it also means "Never forget what lies under a thin veneer in every man and woman." The humanity is what we make of that veneer, how we maintain and strengthen it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2006 8:54:19 AM PST
Jay Nicholas says:
I agree with what you are saying, Joseph. I also first read this book when I was a teenager; it was a required reading for my high school literature class. Although I don't remember how I reacted when I first read it, just recently I remembered why I never forgot the name Elie Wiesel. The book is both riveting and disturbing. I agree with what Oprah said when she announced this book club selection. She said that this book should be required reading for all of humanity.

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