by pawkitt on July 23, 2008I 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!
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