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Darkness Casts No Shadow (Children of the Holocaust #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
During the Second World War, it was not unusual for “death trains” to cross Europe loaded with thousands of starving Jews. Having spent his teenage years in concentration camps, Arnost Lustig found himself on one of these transports in 1945, on the way to his own death. Along with a close friend, who was also a teenager, he made an incredibly daring escape. This is the sto ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published by Northwestern University Press (first published January 1st 1976)
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Erica Tuggle
Mar 05, 2015 Erica Tuggle rated it it was amazing
This is a book about the Holocaust, and so saying that I enjoyed this book has room for misinterpretation.

Everyone has heard of Elie Wiesel, but he's only one of many who have Holocaust survivor stories to tell. Arnost Lustig's novel, based on his own experiences, is different from Wiesel's "Night" though in that most of the action occurs between two boys who have escaped a transport train car and are walking the woods to their new life. The portraits of their time in the concentration camps is
Mar 15, 2015 Zuza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, nonfiction
,,Vápna je ve mně jen tolik, že bys nevybílil ani strop hajzlíku v německým kasínu v Terezíně. Síry, že bys možná zaplynoval kotě. Z mýho fosforu bys vyrobil dvacet čtyři sirek. Ale z tuku a vody tři a půl kila mejdla. Proto z nás dělají mejdlo."
Martha Toll
Dec 06, 2011 Martha Toll rated it it was amazing
Maybe if you had to choose one novel to read about the Holocaust this should be it. I agree with the commentator who said "one is grateful ...for the fiction that we are reading fiction." A short fable that screams the truth.

Here is my feature discussing this book--


For Passover, Fresh New Takes on “People of the Book”

Martha Toll
March 27, 2013

The escape from oppression into a vast diaspora is a theme that has preoccupied Jewish writers from Exodus to mode
Oct 08, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
no words except to say I read the last paragraph three times.
Glen Engel-Cox
Dec 01, 2014 Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it
This is the creative writing professor mentioned in the review of Robert Girardi's The Pirate's Daughter--since I read something by Girardi, his substitute, I couldn't very well forget the man who has been teaching me the other twelve weeks of the semester, could I? Well, actually, I was somewhat hesitant about making an attempt at Arnost's fiction. I'll admit to being intimidated by him (he is a survivor of three concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkneau), especially when our first assi ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Patrick rated it liked it
My reading of this short novel was handicapped by having just seen the film version by Jan Nemec, Diamonds of the Night, which is beautifully photographed and features very little dialogue, focusing on the physical travails of the two protagonists, Jewish teenagers who have escaped from a train transporting them from the camps into Germany as the war ends. The plot of the film and book is largely the same, but Lustig's version is handicapped by too much expository dialogue between two people who ...more
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Arnošt Lustig (born 21 December 1926 in Prague) is a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often involved the Holocaust.

As a Jewish boy in Czechoslovakia during World War II, he was sent in 1942 to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, from where he was later transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, followed by time in the Buchenwal
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