Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
Listen To Me!
The way the son admits his failings (humanity) with his father.
If you're old enough to remember, maybe your grandparents were there or you were taught about it in school.You never forget.
Excellent read. I read this in high school and thought I would benefit from reading it again. Too often we get caught up in "poor me." This book helps to bring that all back into perspective.
I've always wanted to read this book, and I even have my dad's copy here in my own home, but I never got around to it. This was a great book, and it was performed beautifully. The story was written so well, I was envisioning the whole thing as the reader was speaking. This was a truly amazing story about a truly horrifying time in the history of our world.
I have recently finished The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and followed up with Night. Both books are very thought provoking and the parallels between those times and now are terrifying. Hitler's reign of power can only be called one of the darkest times in all of mankind's history. In the Rise and Fall, one gets an overview of the tyrant's reign and in Night, one gets a diary of life among the Jews and the atrocities that they were forced to endure. It is sickening to think that men could be so cruel to a fellow human being. In today's world, the many faces of hatred and prejudice are once again emboldened by one elected to lead the masses to the "promised land" and when he can't deliver, a new enemy will become the focus of the blame. This book, Night, is a reminder that we should never ever forget.
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The emotional performance by George Guidall.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
I was shocked by how optimistic and in denial they were in the beginning, actually turning down escape. Also, shocked how quickly things went from "normal" to "horror" literally overnight.
I truly wish that stories such as these are required reading in school. While it is disturbing, it reaches that part of you that wants to hide from hatred and intolerance. You realize that people can be led, be it to commit atrocious acts against others or to their own torture and/or annihilation. We must remember that horrific events like this have happened. While we want to believe people are not capable of this, it is those small acts against others that can grow and fester into huge acts against humanity. Hitler started his rise to power by blaming the Jews for Germany's financial problems and convincing people that he could make Germany a great nation. I sincerely hope we never go down that road again.
Audiobooks changed my life. My career as a trial lawyer left no time for recreational anything, much less reading. But then . . .
It is now time to revisit the "Jewish Holocaust" but this time, not from movies, not form interviews if observers or even survivors, but from several years of slavery and imprisonment at not just Auschwitz, but at several other of the 40,000 Nazi death camps as well, of a 16 year-old-boy recounting the experience from the inside out and tells a story of evil, cruelty and horror occurring daily before his child's eyes. This story was in print 50 years ago, but it was in a time when the truth of this tragic time was too fresh and too difficult for many if not most to fully face. Now with this magnificent "new" translation it can be and should be. It is with much satisfaction that it has become "must reading" at universities everywhere.