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The Mascot by Mark Kurzem
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Apr 02, 12

Read from January 17 to March 26, 2012

I almost never read fiction because real life is interesting enough and The Mascot is such an example. What I learned from it was the extent of the racist cruelty of the Latvians during the Second World War and how they have managed to whitewash their complicity in the genocide of so many defenseless Jewish men, women, and children. I also learned how Latvians today will go to lengths to keep their collaboration with the Nazis a secret. I was surprised that the Israelis did not want this story told and that official Jewish Holocaust agencies consider a Jewish boy who had lost his mother and siblings to a mass killing could, at the age of 6, be considered a Nazi sympathizer. These attitudes of modern-day Zionists and Latvians I found to be even more astonishing than the story of the mascot himself.
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