Such an emotional and heartbreaking roller coaster of emotions. That’s just for the reader, let alone what the people of this true story went through. I have read a few books on this subject but this one was by far the best. Told partly from Gustav`s diaries, it brought the personal slant and realism to a horrifying situation. I have recommended this book to so many people. I can only hope that this book, while it show the horror of war and what Gustav and Fritz dealt with, that it also can brin some comfort to their families in the fact that it shows an incredible devotion to each other as well as the compulsion to survive...together.
It is difficult to understand how the atrocities, as written about in this book, can occur. How anyone could have the mindset to think treating fellow human beings in such an atrocious way is right. How anyone could survive it is even more unbelievable.
This Jewish father and son survived Auschwitz with unbelievable courage, great mental strength, a little luck, but most of all with the love and support of each other. At times it seemed that the strength of one was the only thing that kept the other going. One aspect of the little luck was that when one required support the other was strong enough, and able, to provide it.
These books are difficult to read but we need to learn from these peoples experiences so history does not repeat itself. Too many of them did not survive to tell their stories.