There is very little enjoyable about the book. The author deliberately shows the methodical destruction and intentional killing of a people and its culture by exposing the crime in their own words. The author brilliantly does this by crafting expertly written sentences and paragraphs that need to be read several times to gain the full magnitude of their weight.
Two observations regarding time in history come to mind in regards to this book. Most of all when the war was started the plan was already in effect to destroy the people of Eastern Europe. In fact, the Germans had visions of the solider who was also a farmer on the fridges of their nation. The speed at which they acted was astonishing. The same could be said about how quickly they fell.
They took 90 minutes, including drinks and light snacks, at the Wannasee Conference to determine the fate of millions of people in Europe. The arrogance is astounding and the depravity shocking.
Arguably the most disturbing parts of this book were how blatant the Nazi program was. They made clear from the start they felt Eastern Europe belonged to German and they had no intentions of keeping anyone alive for long who stood in their way. What was shocking to me was the massive amount of assistance they received from people who lived in these areas. Latvian, Ukrainian paramilitary units and volunteers helped them in their work and many of them never saw a day in court.
And that may be the thing that stays with me the longest after reading this book. How many “volunteers” were never brought to justice for the murder and looting of a collective soul of Europe.
A friend of mine once said Ireland has a history that would make a stone weep. I think the same could be said about Poland and the Ukraine. These wounds are still open. The scares can still be seen.
If you would like to have more information about the Holocaust I would recommend reading, Christopher Browning’s book Ordinary Men, Judgement before Nuremberg by Greg Dawson and any book by Deborah Libstadt.
- Paperback: 335 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (26 September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780375708220
- ISBN-13: 978-0375708220
- ASIN: 0375708227
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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