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A Life in Pieces: The Making and Unmaking of Binjamin Wilkomirski

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In 1997, Binjamin Wilkomirski arrived in New York to read from his prize-winning book Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood, his memoir of an early childhood lost to the concentration camps at Majdanek and Auschwitz, and to raise money for the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. This orphaned survivor also came as the guest of honor to the family reunion of the Wilbur ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 2002)
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Jun 08, 2014 Jae rated it liked it
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The writing is excellent and the story compelling, and I don't have any huge criticisms, so I wavered between three and four stars. I had to go with three in the end, though, because the narrative arc doesn't end in a terribly satisfying way. That's hardly Eskin's fault, of course--he was writing about events as they were actually happening, and said events kind of sputtered to a close rather than ending with a bang--but it is what it is. I will say, though, that I kind of wish I'd read this bef ...more
Marianne Kwiatkowski-Yee
I believe that Eskin treated a sensitive subject with kid gloves, and that is good. However, his attempts to build intrigue and a bit of suspense, fell flat with me. The book was slow-moving, and hashed and re-hashed the same ideas over and over again. I get it. It's a very sad story about a poor guy with false memories. It did, however, make me want to read Fragments, by "Binjamin Wilkomirski."
Jun 18, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
This was an interesting examination of the Holocaust, child memories, and false identity. The subject of the book write a "memoir" that is almost certainly false, but he might believe it's true because it's written based on fragments of memory from early childhood - a time when he actually was shuffled between foster homes. But, as an adult he presents it as being shuffled between concentrations camps during the Holocaust. A very strange and sad story. If he's not a crook doing it on purpose, th ...more
Dec 01, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
Note: I could not put this book down! An excellent documentation of the gentile who posed as a holocaust surviver and wrote a fake memoir entitled "Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood". Other imposters are documented in the book also. The hoax was only discovered after he won awards and recognition from Jewish organizations. Shows how gullible people are.

The only thing I would have wanted is an index. In fact, I might go thru and make my own index.
Nov 19, 2007 Anna rated it really liked it
An excellent book for anyone interested in the representation of the Holocaust in literature and ethical concerns within the survivor community.

Fluently written, with a gentle touch that is rare in books about such emotive issues, this book would have got five starts but was let down by a careless proofreader.
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