Dec 15, 11
Read from December 11 to 15, 2011
I am not able to give this book a star rating, because it is both engrossing and poignant and awe-inspiring...while also being horrifying and heartbreaking. It is one I would recommend highly to everyone with the huge caveat that reading it might be awful. *The book* is not awful - what it details is, and the experience of reading it is a good-bad one. (See, I can't even review it coherently!) I knew a good deal about the Holocaust and the camps, but I learned more from this, frightening abhorrent details that were almost too much to take. As a Jew, knowing that some of my own ancestors suffered through this...at one point I had to put the book aside and almost considered not finishing it (something I have barely ever done in my life) because it was causing my psychological pain. But I pushed through and I am glad I did, and I do feel that anyone with the slightest ambivalence about WW2 and any tinge of feeling that maybe they don't know the full extent of the brutality, depravity and horror of the camps, should read this and get some knowledge. Just be warned that if you have any shred of morality, it will not be easy. But maybe it shouldn't be...