I got this book for free as a winner in a giveaway from Knitting and Sundries
My rating for Gated Grief — 5
“I never dreamed that such cruelty, bestiality, and savagery could really exist in this world.”
“Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma” by Leila Levinson who started the charity Veteran's Children (website | Facebook | Twitter) is a non-fiction book about the author’s five year research to understand her father’s trauma from liberating a concentration camp in World War II. The book is filled with graphic pictures which will stay with you for a long time.
- 272 pages
- Publisher: Cable Publishing
- ISBN: 1934980544
“Gated Grief” by Leila Levinson is a powerful book which follows the author’s search to find the truth about her father’s World War II experience, particularly the trauma he has suffered from witnessing the human cruelty while helping liberate Nordhausen concentration camp. Mrs. Levinson travels all over the world and the US in order to get firsthand accounts from other surviving liberators of Nazi camps.
Throughout her journey Mrs. Levinson learns not only about her father’s experience, but also finds some truths which she herself has suppressed.
This was a very tough book to read, not only because of the graphic descriptions, but also because of the multitude of horrific photographs the author’s father and other veterans took. Unfortunately for them, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was looked down upon when they came back to the US which didn’t help them at all.
All the veterans claim that they didn’t know what to expect, that they weren’t mentally ready. I don’t know how you can get mentally ready to see thousands of corpses, starvation victims, dead children, burned humans or those who have been medically experimented on. The human mind simply cannot comprehend the magnitude of this crime.
In trying to work her own inner demons, Mrs. Levinson wrote a universally important and thought provoking book.
Below are great-grandparents Bernart & Rosalia and great aunt Erna (Hannah) as well as Tsvi & Devorah who were all murdered by the Nazis.
I truly believe that another holocaust could easily happen here.
So Tell me: Do you think the holocaust can happen again?
Before you answer check out:
A Neo-Nazi event which happened over the weekend in my home state (and Ms. Levinson's) of New Jersey (Link)
A man who named his kids to honor Nazis
Anti-Semitism Keeps Rising in Europe
Japanese-American Intern camps in the US
and read a bit about the Rwandan Genocide where 800,000 people (neighbors, associates, friends) were butchered to death.
Zohar — Man of la Book
- Two Nazi concentration camp survivors find each other at Pompton Plains retirement community (nj.com)
- Miracle baby of the concentration camps (holykaw.alltop.com)
- I escaped from Auschwitz (guardian.co.uk)
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