Having visited Auschwitz and Birkenau, I will never forget the sense of hopelessness I felt as I walked through the entrance gates. This sense returned as I read this book ,knowing that what I read had occurred. It is incredible that such acts of depravity were of daily occurrence and accepted as the norm at that time.This book recounts the life of an inmate,forced to do a job which he finds repulsive but the desire to stay alive one more day is paramount.The brutality of his existence is tempered with the falling in love with a fellow inmate. This true story keeps the reader in suspense to find out if they survive this hell hole . Whilst not warm and fuzzy, this book needs to be read. A tablet in Auschwitz states “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it “. Lest we forget!