Day After Night
In her most moving and powerful novel ever, Anita Diamant portrays richly imagined female characters in a haunting fictionalization of the post-Holocaust experience.
Atlit is a holding camp for “illegal” immigrants in Israel in 1945. There, about 270 men and women await their future and try to recover from their past. Diamant, with infinite compassion and understanding, te...more
We think a lot about the many millions who died in the Holocaust, perhaps less often about those who were left standing. They were told they were "lucky" to be alive. But how do you find joy again, or even the desire for joy, after you've lost every person and thing you loved? When you've witnessed and been subjected to incomprehensible atr...more
Day After Night takes place in Israel after World War II at the Atlit internment camp where illegal immigrants here held. If you’re like me, you’re going, “Huh? Where?” That is precisely what made this book so interesting. There is a...more
Much like a concentration camp, Atlit prison was surrounded by barbed wire fences. This vision alone was enough to remind many prisoners o...more
I read this book in 2 days. I could not put it down. At the end, I was sobbing! How can we not be touched and appalled by the tragedy of this period of history? How can we not be ins...more
As so often happens after reading a good historical novel, I am motivated to rese...more
I'm glad that so many books are now being published about the aftermath of WWII and how the modern state of Israel came into being. It's quite easy to look at the current situation and judge the Palestinians and Israelis by their immediate actions. Entirely different to try to put together the very complicated history of snafus, con...more
This book deals with an handful of women at Atlit "displaced persons" camp in Palestine just after World War II. A quota had been set for how many Jews could immigrate to the new Eretz Yisrael, but of course hundreds of thousands more were trying to get in. They got rounded up and sent to these camps, run by the British, which were heartbreakingly similar in appearance to the concentration camps that many of them had just gotten out of. The treatment was far better, but they were sti...more
Diamant is clearly well-versed in Jewish history and the book feels capably researched and personal. It opened my eyes to the ongoing suffering of European and Middle-eastern Jews after the war but, as a story, I wanted more....more
While not as involved...more
Just a few things that bothered me...
Did she really know the history? She mentioned a British soldier saying s...more