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Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
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Aug 03, 2008

it was amazing

This is the second book I've read by this author and I love his work. I got very little sleep last night because I had to keep reading. This is a masterfully done work that explores a group of people crossing Germany at the end of WWII and trying to escape the advancing Russian army. They are a Prussian family, a Scottish prisoner of war and a Jew from Germany who has disguised himself as a German soldier. We also follow young Jewish women who are getting moved from their concentration camp on a death march.
The plot contains a love story, tragedy, reflections on German awareness about what is occurring, Russian atrocities, and much more. Bohjalian based this story on a real WWII diary and extensive research.
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