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Skeletons at the Feast


In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the ... Show synopsis

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Under the Thumb of the Third Reich

by TheWhiteRock on Apr 18, 2009

This wonderful book was written with the help of a diary of an East Prussian grandmother. It takes place during the final months of WWII in Germany, and is very different from similar novels I have read in the past. Four characters from entirely different walks of life show us diverse perspectives on the Reich, Jews, and war in general. Uri, a German Jew, escapes from a train bound for Auschwitz. Anna, 18, is the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. Callum is a Scottish POW. And Cecile is a young Jew from France. I felt educated as well as entertained by the lives of these characters and how they responded to being under the thumb of the Third Reich. Anguish, mental and physical; incredulous ignorance; disbelief; guilt; bravery are all here and through it all you understand a little better how the citizens of Europe, especially Germany, were swept up in what was to become one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

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