This is a Holocaust novel as opposed to a Holocaust memoir, biography or autobiography. Sved’s grandparents were caught up in the madness that was the Holocaust. They escaped and built a life, but before that they were mathematicians who met with other young Jewish mathematicians at a statue called Anonymous ...

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I’ve read a lot of Holocaust material recently. It’s not something I did in the past as I felt I wasn’t up to the emotional trauma I knew it would cause me. The past few years I’ve been pushing boundaries and reading far more Holocaust books than I’ve ever read. ...

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This is the sixth book in my Dymocks Reading Challenge for 2020. I’d suggest you stop looking for the first five books on my blog as I’ve been very bad at writing about them in reading order. Especially when I’ve read more than one book in a week and have ...

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This is the most amazing story. If you have issues with the Holocaust then I suggest you don’t read it. Morris doesn’t pull many punches with her descriptions. I’ve always heard that life in Siberia for a prisoner was absolutely dreadful. What with the weather and the brutality. I’ve read ...

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I feel I’m reasonably up-to-date with my reading with this book, it’s only ten years old, fairly modern compared with my last book. That was published in 1964. But back to the book. I can see why people made so much fuss about it. I remember it being really big ...

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This is yet another text from one of my uni subjects. I will run out of books I’ve studied at uni in due course but today is not the day. I know I don’t read graphic novels but I was given no choice with this book. It is very well ...

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The Last Train Out is a very moving and important book about the Holocaust, it contains many details which help the average person understand why so many Jews didn’t leave Germany before and during WWII and why so many of the older generations stayed behind when the younger generations left. ...

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The Sound of Music. You probably all know it as the movie with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and you may even know it was a book before that but it all started in the 1920s in Austria when Maria Augusta Kutschera was sent to Captain Georg von Trapp’s house to look ...

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Zachor I remember Will you? – Vera Freiden with Kathy Kaplan and Sue Newton This book is a moving account of one person’s survival during and following the Holocaust. I had the honour of proofreading it before publishing. Born in Žilina, Slovakia in 1929, Freidin was brought up in a loving family and somehow managed ...

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I have been more than remiss with this book. It was given to me almost a year ago following meeting the author in Boston and it’s taken me most of that time to have the fortitude to open it. I was right as it is most challenging to read. The ...

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I cringe and get thoroughly annoyed whenever someone calls me a Typo Nazi or a Grammar Nazi, I do not feel I am in any way as nasty, horrible and all encompassing as anything the Nazis did. Yes, it’s true, I might upset someone briefly and sometimes they’ll be annoyed ...

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I picked up this book second hand knowing the controversy behind it, knowing Helen Demidenko is really Helen Darville and knowing she had tried to pass this book off as family history rather than a fictionalised account of interviews with Ukrainian witnesses. I’ll take the description from the back of ...

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