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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 tells the stories of the women gathered in this place. Shayndel is a Polish Zionist who fought the Germans with a band of partisans. Leonie is a Parisian beauty. Tedi is Dut ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Scribner Book Company (first published 2009)
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Susette Redman It is sad in some parts, all that these women had individually gone through. But, they for the most part overcame the hardships and went on to leave p…moreIt is sad in some parts, all that these women had individually gone through. But, they for the most part overcame the hardships and went on to leave productive lives of the free.(less)

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Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and hard to put down narrative of four remarkable Jewish girls each of whom survived the Holocaust in Europe in their own way. Imprisoned in Atlit internment camp , near Haifa, in 1945, by the British determined to stop Jewish immigration into the Land of Israel in order to appease Arab opinion and in line with the British government's betrayal of the Jewish national aspirations.
This was Britain's greatest hour of shame.

Imagine Holocaust survivors being reinterned behind ba
Barbara H
In 1948, when I was a very young child, Israel was granted statehood. I remember the joy and the celebration among my family and community. Certainly much has been written about the Holocaust, about the efforts of traumatized Jews to reach Israel and the turmoil that has occurred since it became a recognized country (by some, not all). In this novel, many events have been either omitted or lacked much attention. Diamant has written an account of an internment camp for "illegals" in Israel in 194 ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have spent much of 2009 reading excellent novels that relate different perspectives of the horror that was WW II and the effects of the Holocaust on people from different countries. In Sarah's Key, I read what happened at the Vélodrome d'Hiver in France, in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle), I discovered what happened during the war on an island I'd never heard of, in Skeletons at the Feast: A Novel, I accompanied a family fleeing westward ahead o ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Uncovering History Through Fiction: My Book(Spoilery) Review of Day After Night

I was in an absolute state of glee upon randomly opening up this book to its phenomenal epigraph:
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This exact phrase is one my mom reads to my sister and I every Shabbat; we know and recite it by heart. I always craved to see it written somewhere as an opening quote, so this was like a personal wish coming true.

I started the first chapter with the tiniest of hesitation. I was thinking back on how impressed I was by
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
It is 1945 and the war has just ended. Those released from the concentration camps must now decide what the remainder of their lives, devoid of loved ones and homes, will be. This is the story of some of those displaced women who opt to go to Israel, which is being governed by the British. They find themselves in another camp, and although this one is not the cruel and deadly ilk of the ones they have already known, it is still ringed with barbed wire and it still feels like a prison.

The story
Carrie Honaker
Dec 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and loved it! It was at various times touching, brutal and raw. I have read other memoirs about The Holocaust but this one was different. I had no idea that such a thing as Illegal Immigrant camps existed for survivors of the concentration camps in Isreal after the war. It was disturbing to read of the conditions those poor people were exposed to after having just survived the greatest atrocity in history. Diamant's writing is vivid and prosaic. The women of the narrative ...more
Good historical to follow

I have had The Red Tent on my TBR list for a while and have wanted to read Anita Diamant for a while. When I was looking for a new audio they had this one and I grabbed it. So glad I did. The audio was done wonderfully and may have even brought this story to life for me more that reading it would have. I loved hearing the accents and the changes in voice and tone that the narrator did. Excellent.

I had not heard of Atlit, which was a camp for Jewish deta
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
After the Ottoman empire lost WWI, the British governed Palestine/Israel. There were larger and larger influxes of European Jews to the area, trying to escape the pogroms and Nazis. To appease the upset Arabs of the region, the British agreed to limit the number of Jewish immigrants. One of the ways they achieved this was to detain and confine these immigrants (expecting to deport those who were not claimed by family) in various internment camps in the land that was to become Israel. It is agai ...more
Liza Perrat
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A heartbreaking true story, excellently narrated, but that ends on a note of hope. Another great book from master storyteller, Anita Diamant.
Jeanette (Again)
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jeanette (Again) by: Charisse
At first sad, but ultimately hopeful. Life does go on, whether we want it to or not. We must join with others in making it meaningful, even after great loss.

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
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought the story was powerful and one can’t help but empathize with the characters and what they had to go through as Jews during World War II. It was well written and an interesting story of life for some who came to Israel, still in its infancy, after the war. But somewhere along the line, the narrative got to be repetitive, and I longed for a plot that would have followed the characters after they continued their lives in Israel.
Patricia Williams
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another really good story about happenings after World War II that were little known to the public. The people in this story were all in concentration camps during the war and when they were released that were taken to another "camp" by the British who did not know what to do with them. It was a better "camp" in that they had better food and places to sleep, etc, but they still could not leave. Then there was a night where it was arranged for everyone to escape. Then in the story we find ...more
Oct 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I suppose since this novel was compared to Diamant's bestselling 'THE RED TENT', which to this very day remains my favourite book of all time, I might have unknowningly set myself up for disappointment. This story was not at all what I expected, nor did I feel Diamant's writing was on par with THE RED TENT. However, having said that, I did enjoy it for the most part, but felt it just went on and on and on a little too much. It was like she was stalling for time so she could figure out where and ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although The Red Tent is her more famous novel, the first Anita Diamant book I’ve read is Day After Night. And that’s really only because I saw it in the library the day after my mom realized the author had gone to the same Jewish camp (or youth group, or something).

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
Anya Yankelevich
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is Diamant's second book that I've read. I enjoyed The Red Tent, and also this one. The Red Tent had a broader sense of place and history, and I think better language and character. Then again, having just finished this one, I may appreciate it more as I reflect on it. I think the strength of this novel lies in the concise and honest portrayal of the characters in how they mask and express their experiences. I got the sense that had she revealed more about the character's backstory (and rea ...more
Allyson Langston
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I LOVED the Red Tent, by the same author. This one--not so much. It's about a group of women who are kept together in a "camp" in Palestine post WWII. While it's an interesting look at the relationship between the Jews and Palestinians pre-Israel, I never really "felt" any of the characters. The perspective shifts so much that I had difficulty feeling "close" to any of the characters. I was disappointed to not have loved this book, as my expectations were high from The Red Tent. Maybe i ...more
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
When pondering the horrors of the Holocaust, it is not often that one considers what occurred after the Germans lost the war. I may envision families reuniting, people starting over, or at the least relief over sudden freedom. In truth however, many Jewish citizens became "illegal" immigrants and were imprisoned in internment camps run by the British military.
Much like a concentration camp, Atlit prison was surrounded by barbed wire fences. This vision alone was enough to remind many prisoners o
reading is my hustle
This novel (based on a true event) about four wounded and damaged Jewish women in the internment camp of Atlit has a gripping storyline but was disappointing overall. Of the four women, I was only able to keep two of them straight. The others I had to keep checking the book flap to identify their character. This is not to say that their back stories were not compelling. Mostly, I just wanted more information overall about each character.

In terms of her writing craft, Anita Diamant continues to d
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Anita Diamant’s Day After Night is a fictionalized account of the 1945 rescue of the prisoners being held in the Atlit internment camp near Hafia, close to the Mediterranean coast. Fresh from their memories of Nazi concentration camps, illegal immigrants crossing the borders, most often in their attempt to reach Palestine and Israel, have been taken into custody by the British military and placed in eerily similar surroundings: barbed wire fences, barracks separating men from women, delousing st ...more
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 still prisoners ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't generally give a book five stars, but this book really touched me. I enjoyed the two previous books by Anita Diamant that I have read--The Red Tent and The Last Days of Dogtown, but this book moved me in a different way. The story is about the growing friendship between four Jewish women from different parts of Europe who meet in a British detention camp for illegal Jewish refugees in Palestine. The story takes place between August and October 1945 as the world is trying to come to terms ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Life is a journey filled with people, places and events over which we often have no control. In spite of the circumstances that bring these young women together, they have all survived the Holocaust. They cautiously bond and create a family to replace the families they have lost and together find hope for the future.

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
Oct 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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Had never heard of the Atlit Detention Camp before, and found the entire history fascinating. The stories of the four main women were well-drawn and well-interwoven.

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
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I had no idea that the Jews were interned as illegal immigrants in a Btritish camp on their way to their promised land. Diamaont tells a story of 5 women detained in the British camp Atlit, surrounded by barbed wire not too different looking than the concentration camps that some had been freed from. Although it was confusing to move to a different woman in each chapter, the story captured me and I read it quickly.
As so often happens after reading a good historical novel, I am motivated to rese
“The nightmares made their rounds hours ago. The tossing and whimpering are over. Even the insomniacs have settled down. The twenty restless bodies rest, and faces aged by hunger, grief, and doubt relax to reveal the beauty and the pity of their youth. Not one of the women in Barrack C is twenty-one, but all of them are orphans.”

In 1945, over 200 prisoners in an internment camp in Israel were rescued and smuggled into various kibbutzes around the country. The camp was run the British military
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
The book does a beautiful job describing moments of compassion and sisterhood and the beauty of the kibbutz. However, parts of it were written too hastily, I feel, but maybe I was spoiled by the rich depth of The Red Tent. I recommend this book to people interested in WW2 and its aftermath, to those, like me, enamored with the idea of the kibbutz, and for people wanting to learn more about the birth of the new Israel, albeit from a very particular perspective.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
My least favorite thing about historical fiction is that it's all either about the Tudors or WWII in France. Or it's romance. So there's that. So when I find a book that's blatantly not about the same old historical ground that's been trod into the mud, I get excited. I get especially excited if it's about a piece of history I know nothing about.

Enter Day After Night. I picked it up because I loved Diamant's The Red Tent and Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers, so I wanted to relive the magic of th
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this mainly because 90% of the book takes place in the detention center, Atlit, and seemed to go on interminably. I'm sure that's the way it felt to the inmates, but it made for a very slow, uneventful reading experience. 3.0. ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
WWII continues to be a very rich and diverse source of material for novels both entirely fictional and those based on historical incidents. One such incident was the escape in 1945 of 200 refugee immigrants in a British illegals displacement camp in Israel with the help of Jewish settler partisans. The escape happens towards the end of the story, but the escape is not really what the book is about. It is about four young Jewish women, none older than 21, who have all been displaced by the war in ...more
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-the-best
Again, another piece of amazing storytelling from Anita Diamant. Taking a moment from not-so-distant history and breathing life back into it. Like The Red Tent this was a very difficult book to put down so allot yourself some time to read it.

Something interesting Diamant did with this book was making the span of a month (was it just a month?) seem like years, thus allowing the reader to experience the same sort of time manipulation the "prisoners" felt. Every day felt like a month and after
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Anita Diamant is the author of thirteen books -- including THE RED TENT. Based on the biblical story of Dinah, THE RED TENT became a word-of-mouth bestseller in the US and around the world, where it has been published in more than 25 countries.

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