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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - LibraryThing
I neither liked nor disliked this book. I am always especially interested in reading memoirs, because I feel that they are capable of providing such interesting, realistic pictures of historical events. While a terrible detail in historical fiction may be more strikingly written, when you come across some shocking fact in a memoir, you know it's authentic, and there is something more impacting about that. "Behind the Ice Curtain" is the story of Dina Shapiro, a Jewish girl who grows up during World War II. Her father is taken away and never seen again in the early days of the war, but her mother stays with her, and the two rely on each other. Dina never actually experienced the true horrors of the Holocaust, though she did lose her father, her home, and her belongings. She was never near death, or in a concentration camp, but her voice is still sad throughout the book. I always go into reading memoirs excited, but leave them disappointed. This one was no different. Often, I feel that Holocaust survivors have amazing stories to tell, but cannot quite word them well enough to make an amazing book (with the obvious exception of Elie Wiesel). This one was the opposite. Gabel is a fairly good writer, but her story was not interesting enough to carry itself through without the help of many flashback memories to keep it interesting. There were a few vivid like pictures here - Dina faking an epileptic seizure to save herself from imprisonment, her memory of convincing her father to buy her a bicycle... There was a very sad paragraph where Dina says she collected bars of soap. They were no ordinary bars of soap, however. All stamped with a letter J, they were made of the melted down body fat of Jews who were burnt alive. Dina buys as many as she can find (26), and later buries them in a Jewish graveyard. I never quite know how to review these memoirs, because it seems wrong somehow to pick apart and criticize the writing skills of Holocaust survivors.
Review: Behind the Ice Curtain (The Holocaust Diaries #4)Nutzerbericht - Goodreads
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