From Nicole Marsh
author: Wiesel, Elie
Night, written by Elie Wiesel is an autobiographical account of his life during the Holocaust. The novel is a short read with easy to understand wording. Wiesel gives a very vivid account of the heinous and unimaginable acts of cruelty committed by the Nazi’s. It shows the dehumanization of a population and how easy it is to lose faith and to question God. It made me feel physically sick when I read about the beatings, crematorium, Dr. Mengele’s medical practices, hangings, Death March and hunger.
Every person should read this novel as it is an important lesson to be learned….”we shall never forget.” It is a lesson to future generations that we must be respectful and tolerant of all mankind and these events shall never occur again.
From Lynne Demestichas
author: Kerr , Philip
The One From The Other, A Quiet Flame, If The Dead Rise Not
I always found books about Pre-War Germany to be less than fascinating and to be fraught with drama. My dad recommended a few books to me by Philip Kerr,calling him a beautiful writer, a real story teller. And yes,the main character, detective Bernie Gunther, turned out to be quite a colorful gumshoe.From Berlin to Potsdam to Buenos Aires, Gunther is always hired to find someone,whether he (or she) be a Nazi criminal on the run, or a post war Jew looking for missing family.It’s kind of easy for him as he spent his early years as an SS, an SA, a Berlin policeman and a life-long detective.Let’s just say he has plenty of connections!Trouble follows him everywhere and in each of these books, there are fascinating de-“tales” and facts about pre-war and post war Germany, with appalling truths and outrageous descriptions.I wanted to read every book in the Gunther series as I,too,followed his investigative footsteps with interest and curiousity.Still reading some of his others with enjoyment.