Nine Suitcases: A Memoir

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Schocken Books, 2004 - 324 Seiten
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Suppressed by the Communists for nearly forty years and never before published in English, Nine Suitcases is one of the first--and greatest--memoirs of the Holocaust ever written. Originally published in Hungary in weekly installments starting in 1946, it tells the harrowing story of Bela Zsolt's experiences in the ghetto and as a forced laborer in the Ukraine. It gives not only a rare insight into Hungarian fascism, but also a shocking exposure to the cruelty, indifference, selfishness, cowardice and betrayal of which human beings--the victims no less than the perpetrators--are capable in extreme circumstances.
Apart from being one of the earliest writers on the Holocaust, Zsolt is also one of the most powerful. He bears comparison with Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, or Imre Kertesz. Both an accomplished novelist and a highly skilled journalist, he was reporting and analyzing these appalling events soon after they occurred with exceptional clarity and a devastating blend of angry despair and cool detachment.
Zsolt was spared Auschwitz, but he witnessed and suffered some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust elsewhere; his nightmarish but meticulously realistic chronicle of smaller and larger crimes against humanity is as riveting as it is horrifying. The rediscovery and publication of Nine Suitcases is an event of great historical importance.

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Review: Nine Suitcases: A Memoir

Nutzerbericht  - Meaghan - Goodreads

I don't know if I'd call this one of the greatest Holocaust memoirs like it says on the cover blurb, but it is good, and it is significant because it's definitely one of the earliest memoirs. It was ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: Nine Suitcases: A Memoir

Nutzerbericht  - Tress Huntley - Goodreads

A second reading felt necessary after finishing The Invisible Bridge. Words don't suffice for how frightening and honest this is. The worst thing about it is it's true. Should be required reading. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Bela Zsolt was one of Hungary's best-known writers in the early twentieth century. He found refuge in Switzerland in 1944, and returned to Hungary in 1945 and became an anti-communist member of parliament. He died in 1949.

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