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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Beautiful Days of My Youth

by Ana Novac, who as a teenager survived Auschwitz and other camps.  This one is unique because it was written while in the camps, one of very few simultaneous recordings to survive.  Her spunk and spirit and sass is so like a teenager – the immediacy of her thoughts and observations grabbed me.

Suite Francaise

by Irene Nemerovsky, successful French author, who was killed in Auschwitz.  Found over 60 years posthumously and published.  Gorgeous writing.


by Olga Levy Drucker

Run Boy, Run

by Uri Orlev

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Man from the Other Side

Uri Orlv again, this time telling a tale that was told to him by a Polish Catholic who lived next to the Warsaw Ghetto.  As you can see from the cover, it is another adventure book,  the sort I imagine my father reading as a boy.  Again, the narrator survives and that is a satisfaction.  […]