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  • The Lost Jul 23, 2008
    by pawkitt

    I seem to be drawn to books about the Holocaust. I have read so many books about it that I've lost count. These book s are always frightening and treable sad, but the Lost Haunted me. The way theat Daniel Mendelsohn writes takes me breath away. As I was reading this book I kept finding myself reacing out and touching the words. The way he writes is so beautiful. I was so moved by his experinces and will always be greatfull the he shared his story with me. Thats what it seemed like, that he wrote this book just for me. It was very private and honest.
    In this acount of the Holocaust Daniel finds some letters from a relative that died during the second world war. He seems to be driven to find out what happend to them, and goes on a life altering journey to find them. Damiel treats his lost relative with so much respect and humanity. This book never seem to be politacal or judemental, he just tells the facts acording the the people who lived through the war. With every personal account he brings you one step closer to meeting his lost people. I was truley crushed when he fond out what did happen to them. It was painful to read and I'm sure even harder to write. He just did it so well. I never felt like he was feeling sorry for himself. He just needed to tell this story.
    I won't lie this story is hard to read, it gave me nightmares for months, but it also changed me. I wonder if I would have had the courage to help if I was in that situation. To risk my life for someone elses. I think that some of the people in this book felt feer in telling their story even today. I think that is such a tragedy, we really must never forget that the Holocaust did happen, and maybe by reading about what the surviers went through we can have empahty for eachother and not be so rash to judge on race or religion.
    I love this book and I'm sure I will go back to it again and again. His words will haunt you and make you want to live out loud!

  • A moving and true tale Apr 12, 2007
    by SANF

    The Lost is a beautifully written, meandering and ultimately very moving tale of one man's quest to fill in the outlines of six lives that were extinguished by the Holocaust. Mendelsohn has fulfilled the fantasies of many by writing a family history based on archival and oral research, which is at times riveting. Of course the author has gone much farther than most arm chair researchers by literally traveling around the globe. At times, the book is unbearably self-indulgent, at others, brutally honest. The author's forays into Jewish learning about the book of Genesis, did not, for me, enhance the author's quest for family truth, but rather existed in a parallel universe, which interfered with the narrative flow and could be skipped if found tiresome. Mendelsohn's approach to the State of Israel: apologetic at best, condescending at worst, interfered somewhat with my enjoyment of the book. Nevertheless, Mendelsohn did right by the living, the Holocaust survivors he met with along the way who cast light on the past, as well as by the members of his family who perished.
    For those interested in learning about the life (and not only the death) of the Jews of the towns of Galicia like the Mendelsohn family's Bolechow, Nobel Prize winner S.Y. Agnon's The Bridal Canopy does so in an authentic way, written by one who lived there and experienced Galicia before its destruction by pogroms and by Hitler. Those wanting a more scholarly treatment of the relationship between the Jews and the Polish noblemen who employed them, alluded to by Mendelsohn's grandfather's mention of Count (Graf) Potocki, should read Moshe Rosman's The Lord's Jews.

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