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Een ander

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,980 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Michael Rosenheim is een redelijk succesvolle joodse stand-up comedian. Op een dag overhandigt zijn dementerende en verwarde vader hem een doos met dagboeken die zijn leven lijken te beschrijven. Ze vertellen het verhaal van een Duitse boekhouder in dienst van de ss, die kort voor de bevrijding de naam van de joodse kampgevangene Heshel Rosenheim aanneemt en onder die naam ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 14th 2006 by De Boekerij (first published November 1st 2005)
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May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book clubs; thoughtful readers, even if they're sick of Holocaust lit.
Recommended to K by: Ellen
I’m the first to say it. The Holocaust genre is way oversaturated. When I read “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” I was filled with rage that this was what it had come to – a cheap, gimmicky, and frankly stupid book written simply to capitalize on the marketability of the Holocaust. But every now and then, I do end up reading a Holocaust-related book that has something interesting and different about it and is worth reading even though it’s Holocaust lit. “The Book Thief.” “Those Who Save Us.” An ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
--Tender -- satisfying 4.5 rating!!!!
--Funny at appropriate times -- (a few great laughs)
--Insightful -- heartfelt -powerful

Father-son-Father-son-(old age, middle age, young boy, Alzheimer's, Holocaust,
San Francisco -- to Florida...

Wonderful characters -- (dialogue communications).

I absolutely fell in love with the little old ladies who bought Michael a ticket to attend temple services on Yom Kippur.
Oh MY GOSH, they had a WOMAN Rabbi. :)
The older generation "got use to her".....(I'm still smi
Sep 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes beautiful, sometimes harrowing, but always intriguing, this novel asks questions that can't be easily answered: Can sixty years of good deeds atone for a past in which a person committed the worst crimes imaginable? Can people truly change who they are, and if they do, does it matter anymore who they were? Can a person be excused from wrongdoing if they really believed it was right? Is there anything you wouldn't forgive the people you love the most?
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of a Jewish man (Michael) who travels to Florida to care for his dying father. Upon one visit he's given a box of journals written out by his father. He picks up the first and begins to read a story where his father was not Hershel Rosenheim, a Holocaust survivor, but began life as Heinrich Mueller, an SS officer working as an accountant at Majdanek concentration camp who steals a Jewish victim's identity to avoid being charged with war crimes. Michael wonders if this is really ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasnt taken by Michaels character but as the novel progresses he is growing on me.
I am liking the flow of this story. and the journals are interesting and thought provoking.
The premise that Heinrich/Heshel could have hidden his past from his family is intriguing.The journals disturbing details bring to mind many issues that his son must now deal in order to work out who his father really is.
So I finished reading tonight (01112015) and was a bit disappointed with the ending
I feell it
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a complete fairy tale. While the story was interesting, it was completely unbelievable. Anyone who has lived with or been intimately involved with Holocaust survivors knows that no SS member would ever live with or fight for the Jews. The story was plausible during the part where he starved himself and took on the identity of a Jewish inmate. However, once he got out of the Reich territory, he would have found his way to the SS Nazi network and would have been spirited away to a South Am ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of this novel, but unfortunately I wasn't as impressed with the actual storytelling. Michael Rosenheim is a stand up comedian who is suffering through the breakup of his marriage, the strained relationship with his son, and the deterioration of his father. He comes to Florida to care for his father, who vacillates between lucidity and dementia, and discovers his father's long buried secret about his past. Through detailed journals, his father tells the story of being an SS offic ...more
Lisa Nienhaus
I read a lot of WWII books and the description of this book really caught my attention. The Father in this book is an accountant basically in a concentration camp and fearing the end is near, shaves his head, tattoos himself and pretends he is one of the Jews needing saving from this camp. What an interesting story line.....I just wish the rest of the book could have been as interesting. The book had no likeable characters in it and ended with too many unresolved issues for my liking. All in all ...more
Jennifer Zimny
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Sep 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
This book is a curious mix of funny (narrator is a comedian) and serious (his father is a supposed Holocaust survivor). I'm not sure how I'm going to like that juxtaposition, but so far I'm intrigued enough to continue reading...


Okay, couldn't do it. This ended up being too strange a juxtaposition for me. As revealed quickly in the book (and in the book description, I believe), the narrator grows up in a Jewish household and believes his father was a Jewish Holocaust survivor, only to discover
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Me is a compelling novel on so many levels. For me it was a metaphor for self identity, sin and change, and the superficial roles that one plays in order to move on with their life and flee from the consequences of their actions.

Heshel learned that fleeing only negates the truth, which followed him everywhere he went. Within the context of the self identity are the themes of love, loss, forgiveness and redemption. The blur between forgiveness and redemption is obvious in the way Lavigne wri
May 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My advice: Don't be witty about the holocaust. It's not a subject to link with humor.

And, this reads like a first novel... the transitions are very rough, making the "journal" not quite fit the narrator's story.

Niether the journal writer or the narrator are likable, particularly, but maybe it's that they are both very flat characters.

I thought the writing improved in the last 50 pages, but the twist didn't ring true with what the reader knew about the narrator.

I finished it because it was as
Good Book Fairy
this book has been on my TBR pile for 3-4 years and i finally picked it up as my book club chose it as a last minute choice. so glad the dice rolled that way as this was a well told, interesting book that bristled with a touch of mystery while really examining secrets, family relationships, love and loss.
highly recommend.
read this book after reading Jodi P's The Storyteller.
very similar themes in that the main characters are/were Nazi SS who live out there lives as
americans… in this book it goes so far that he is an american jew.

how many germans are/were there who escaped german persecution after the war?
pick this book up.

S.B. Lerner
The beginning drew me in and there was some delightful Humor. It is really two stories, and the father's story was quite compelling, but the son's grew somewhat repetitive and maudlin. Also, the way he wrapped it up in the end didn't really feel exactly believable, and that took away some of the emotional impact
Angela Rosio
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of the Holocaust with a bizzare twist that is both disturbing and insightful to human nature. Discusses forgiveness, redemption, living on different levels within our own mind. An interesting and powerfully moving book.
Sheila Sorenson
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing and very unique holocaust story. A page turner!!! Poses questions about redemption and love; the secrets we hold that can undermine our lives. Not a typical holocaust story (if you've read enough of those). Check out the story review online..give it a try. Read it in 2 days!
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a very interesting premise. An extremely Jewish family with a secret regarding the fathers role/place during WWII and the Holocaust and the son discovering this secret through his father's journals. There was a lot going on in this book, I found it difficult to stay engrossed in the story as it flipped from the journals to the sons world to the complications with the sons family and his relationship with his own son. It would have been more enjoyable and compelling if the bulk of t ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holocaust novel with a twist--a son dealing with his father in the end stages of Alzheimer's disease discovers through "mysterious" journals that his father is not the concentration camp survivor he had always believed him to be. Using the journals, the plot alternates from present-day to WWII--it's a good story and well-written, but the present-day plot in particular felt like it was trying too hard (the main character is divorced but still in love with his ex and somewhat estranged from his so ...more
Kathleen Brunnett
Captivating in some parts, very slow in others...
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Humor and the holocaust really don't mix well.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The number of books that feature WWII and/ or the Holocaust is staggering and the genre is not enhanced by Not Me. The story follows a 40-ish stand up comic whining about his divorce and distant relationship with his son while he cares for his ailing, dementia-stricken widower father in Florida. His father's journals appear mysteriously and he learns who his father really is. Other than an initial shocking revelation, the journal entries are dull and seem interminable, as does his struggle with ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, world-war-2
This is one of those books that I'm judging not by what it was, but by what I wish it was. What I wanted to was a mystery, for the main character, Michael, to become obsessed with uncovering his father's past. If my father, riddled with dementia and unable/unwilling to confirm or deny the truth, gave me some old diaries that he wrote in the third person, confessing that he was not Jewish, but a former Nazi, that is what I'd like to think I'd do. Working backwards, I'd call various historical and ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, race
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read and very compelling. The plot device was both entertaining and thought provoking.

This was much more of a character piece than a plot driven novel. Although Lavigne tries to make the plot a central point, it was oftentimes transparent. Very early on (before Micheal begins to read the journal), I realized that his father must have been harboring some guilt for his actions during the war. I wondered if April was actually Heshel's daughter (if Fredl'
What a strange, strange time I thought.
My father finally was allowed to forget, while I was forced to remember. As if there was not enough room in this world for both of us to carry that burden.

This sentence from Not Me pretty much summarize what the whole book is about : memories, true or invented, that are forgotten either by choice of because of a disease and how painful and hard to deal with their recovery can be.

Heshel Rosenheim, a holocaust survivor, is a very religious man, a faithful Je
Miriam Michalak
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking read about identity, family and father/son relationships.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
Not Me
by Michael

Not Me is a remarkable debut novel that tells the dramatic and surprising stories of two men–father and son–through sixty years of uncertain memory, distorted history, and assumed identity.

When Heshel Rosenheim, apparently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, hands his son, Michael, a box of moldy old journals, an amazing adventure begins–one that takes the reader from the concentration camps of Poland to an improbable love story during the battle for Palestine, from a c
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if someone you revered your entire life turned out to not be the person you thought they were? This is the central theme of Michael Lavigne’s debut novel, Not Me. It’s the story of a middle-aged Jewish man named Michael who is watching his elderly father, Heshel, slowly die of Alzheimer’s. After receiving a box of his father’s old journals from a mysterious benefactor, Michael learns that the man he believed was the most pious Jew he had ever known was a Nazi bookeeper who assu ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is morally bankrupt.

While community service may have been sufficient repayment of the father's sins in the son's eyes, perhaps a judge would feel differently. Crimes against humanity means forgiveness or redemption or whatever can only come from the larger community.

We had war trials. Judges, not sons, sat in judgement of Nazi officers. The passage of time does not change that necessity, except in this book. Sons are too biased to judge a father. While the jury system in the US is not
Tyler Barton
Michael Lavigne's engaging first novel reads like a memoir, but it isn't. The main character, Michael, a middle aged, soon-to-be-divorced, comedian, is taking care of his dying father when he learns some secrets that will change everything about his family. His senile father gives him a stack of journals and asks Michael to read them. The book is comprised half of the story of Michael and his process of the discovery of truth, and the story told within the pages of his father's journals. He quic ...more
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