A cobblestone road. A sunny day. A soldier. A gun. A child, arms high in the air. A moment captured on film. But what is the history behind arguably the most recognizable photograph of the Holocaust? In The Boy: A Holocaust Story, the historian Dan Porat unpacks this split second that was immortalized on film and unravels the stories of the individuals—both Jews and Nazi
I had heard that the boy lived: that he survived the war, became a doctor in Boston, and had that picture framed and on display in his ...more
The book is mostly concerned with tracing three people who were in the Warsaw Ghetto during the uprising. One Jewish woman and two Nazis. Porat does a good job of showing the history.
The only reason why I am giving it three stars is my personal bias aganist the use of imgination in history. I don't like it. But it is my hang up, not Mr. Porat's.
The book is worth reading simply for ...more
I don't know how to review this book. I g ...more
From the publisher:
The Boy presents the stories of three Nazi criminals, ranging in status from SS sergeant to low-ranking SS officer to SS general. It is also the story of two Jewish victims, a teenage girl and a young boy, who encounter these Nazis in Warsaw in the spring of 1943. The book is remarkable in its scope ...more
I gave the book four stars because it was very well-written and I got caught up in the lives ...more
It doesn't really feel right to say, "I liked this book!" but it was well w ...more
The Holocaust I think, at least that was the setting.
This is a very good example of what is often said, 'Don't judge a book by its cover.'
A more appropriate title would have been, 'Leica and the SS criminals'. However, changing the title would not have improved the quality of the writing.
During the final pages the author attempted to explain why the book was written in this manner, but that failed also.
A sensitive matter such as the Holocaust must be handled with respect and ...more