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Reviewed in Australia on 6 April 2018
As time passes people tend to forget the enormity of the holocaust and this book attempts to remind all of us just how dreadful it was for millions of Jews and others victimised by the Nazis. This story is told simply, with an undertone of hope and courage which at times understates the conditions suffered by those in the concentratiom camps. Maybe this is a strength because it avoids sensationalism, but maybe it is a weakness too, because it leaves gaps in the narrative which deserved more detail.
Such as the lack of informatiom as to what happened to Lale's mentor whose wisdom and compassion led him to become the Tattoist and thus saved his life? And why are readers not told about what happens to women who were forced to become the lovers of the German officers , useful at times, but abandoned afer the war , classified as collaborators, and sentenced to years in gaol by the victors. There is a disconnect between the protagonist's
desire to survive and his avowed love for his future wife.
He seems to have blocked out the emotonal indebtedness he owed to others.
It could be that T .S. Eliot was right , "Human beings csnnot stand too much reaity". Even so , if we don't demand the ugly truth about man's inhumanity to man it will surely be repeated. This book is revommended for senior school children and above.
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