This book is nothing short of gut-wrenching. You are exposed to the true horrors experienced during the holocaust. But you also are given a view of the life the brothers had after the war. You are given a warning at the beginning of the book and you should not take it lightly. What sets this book apart is not only the atrocities experienced at Auschwitz, but how this affected them after the war was over. I don’t believe people realized how much the survivors of the camps continued to be affected. Indeed, every aspect of their livers were touched by their traumatic ordeals. Imagine have to change how you respond to everyday activities … not gulping down your food, not hiding food because you never know whether you’ll have any, washing your hands before meals, learning to say thank you, feeling comfortable going to a doctor or riding on a train or going to a BBQ. And then to be judged by people in Israel who could not understand how they “allowed” themselves to be led like “sheep to the slaughter.” This book will be one that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last word and slowly close it.
Thank you to NetGalley and One More Chapter for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.