Tag Archive: World War II


Night

Night

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Title: Night

Author: Elie Wiesel

 

This autobiography tells the life story of Elie starting at age 15 and continues to the liberation at Buchenwald. It was interesting to read in the preface how it took years for publishers to acknowledge that the stories were a part of history.

In 115 pages, I felt the confusion he felt as his life started changing in 1944. Then his fear of the unknown and bitterness towards God as the life he was comfortable in was tossed upside down. I can only imagine the pain followed by numbness he felt after he lost his father. It is hard to imagine he was completely grateful to God after being liberated. I am sure that took time.

For reading it cover to cover in an hour, I still take every word as a gift. It has to be hard for Mr. Wiesel to tell his story and see so vividly every time the pieces he may want to block out.

 

 

The Kommandant’s Girl

Cover of "Kommandant's Girl (MIRA)"

Cover of Kommandant's Girl (MIRA)

Book title: The Kommandant’s Girl

Author: Pam Jenoff

This book was given to me when I participated in a secret sister exchange. It has been one of the best gifts I ever received. I love historical fiction especially when it takes place during WWII.

Even though this particular story is fiction it makes me wonder how many people actually were able to lead a double life in the resistance movements to help end the war faster. Emma, the main character, didn’t seem that smart to me at first but she was also only 19. Throughout the book she grows and makes decisions that only seem to complicate her life more. The odds of getting caught were always high and Emma had to be a smooth talker and show no signs of a guilty conscience to survive.

It raises the question of how far would you be willing to go save your family and yourself?