This is a two part story, the first one, as the name of the book suggests, is the story of the Nazis trying to control people’s beliefs via literature, punishment and spectacles of burning books symbolizing “wrong” ideology. The second part is the painstaking cataloging of millions of books, returning what can be returned (through notes, plates and other identifying marks).
Posts Tagged ‘World War II’
The big twist in the book comes from the characters’ actions, not a major plot twist as in many novels
The lighthearted story of a bunch of rogues and misfits who did not fit in the regimented military, turns into a dark narrative as the book shifts into the European theatre and the end of World War II.
This is not an uplifting book, but it is a very interesting story and about a young boy, in his formative years living in the Warsaw Ghetto
Yitzhak Goldah survived a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, he moved to Savannah, GA to live with his relatives Pearl and Abe Jesler. The Jeslers are part of a vivacious Jewish community in Georgia which has been there since the founding of the state (colony at the time).
A very ambitious and well researched novel which tries to understand how good people simply roll over and help commit atrocities
The narrative moves fast and the storytelling is clear
The novel explores the Holocaust from an original point of view and does not shy from addressing issues which are easy to gloss over
Mr. Wallenberg could not stand idly by watching one of the greatest crimes of the 20th Century taking place, and took it upon himself to provide Jews with Schutzpasses, documents which show that the bearer is a Swedish citizen and hence should not be transferred to a concentration camp.
I truly enjoyed this book and the linked stories that go along with it.