I Was a Boy in Belsen.
I Was a Boy in Belsen
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9781847172273, $25.00, 304pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Tomi Reichental's idyllic childhood in rural Slovakia was cut short at the age of nine in October 1944, when he was rounded up by the Gestapo after his country's government was taken over by Fascists. Along with twelve other members of his family he was taken to a detention camp where the elusive Nazi War Criminal Alois Brunner had the power of life and death. Tomi lost thirty-five members of his family in the Holocaust, and gives his account of being imprisoned as a child at Belsen concentration camp, as well as the post-war scramble to find a new home and a career. His story is a story of the past. It is also an important story for our times. With black & white plates.
Critique: A horrifying primary source of the Nazi Holocaust, and a harrowing true-life saga of the difficulties in reconstructing one's life after surviving the unthinkable, I Was a Boy in Belsen is a welcome addition to Holocaust Studies collections. I Was a Boy in Belsen shakes the reader to the core with its candid account of genocide, but the testimony is also about learning to rebuild and face each day anew. Highly recommended.