(The Brothers of Auschwitz) [E–book] ↠ Malka Adler
The Brothers of Auschwitz a biographical novel is the most moving and disturbing Holocaust book I ve ever read and there have been uite a few Yes any story about the experience of being in a concentration camp is deeply upsetting but this one was extremely raw and emotional for me The detail is exceptional and it will shock you to your core The reader will feel the pain anguish desperation helplessness terror and the horrors of it all as experienced by these two brothers who were taken at 15 and 16 years old You can t help but feel outrage that human beings were treated in such a brutal and barbaric way We all knew the method at Zeiss The method No food no water no place to breathe no shower no coat no medication just work work fast until death comes It takes about three months to come In the meantime they bring a fresh healthy consignment and the old timers et on a train to the nearest available cre Over the years I have read many books about World War II and the Holocaust The Brothers of Auschwitz A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true story by Malka Adler touched a part of my heart that not all books about this horrific time had done I must admit that I almost Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age gave up on this book near the beginning of the story The author s style of writing especially in the beginning frustrated me I did not want toive up because any Holocaust story no matter how it was written was important to be told and read As I read on the writing either improved or I Les Innocents got used to it because I devoured this book even though it was hard to read about at times and was solad that I did Few books about the Holocaust have described in such detail the lingering effects survivors experienced so many years after being in the camps as this book did This was the story of Dov born Leiber a boy of sixteen Yitzhak born Icho a boy of fifteen their sister Sarah and their family who lived in a small village Tur i Remety in the mountains of Hungary who were forced from their home and taken directly to Auschwitz Not many children survived the atrocities of Auschwitz but by some miracle Dov and Yitzhak had The two brothers lost each other early in the Holocaust but by some miracle found their way back to each other Once they found each other they never lost sight of one another again What they were made to endure will turn your stomach inside out Dov and Yitzhak were determined to live and they helped each other to do just that Without each other they might not have survivedBefore Yitzhak and Dov decided to leave Europe and I Was A Stranger go to Palestine Yitzhak wanted to visit his family home once On his way he discovered that his mother s sisters had survived the war and he stayed with them for a while before traveling on to his family home When Yitzhak arrived in his village he discovered that his family home was now occupied by a Hungarian family He wasreeted by antisemitism even though the war had ended Just before he was preparing to leave and o back to Dov Yitzhak heard from a friend of Sarah s that he had otten a letter from Sarah that she had survived the war and was in SwedenWhen the brothers Dov and Yitzhak decided to make Palestine Israel their home they were taken to live on a collective village moshav that was about ten years old They were brought here after spending two weeks at Camp Atlit The moshav was located in the Lower Galilee near the Sea of Galilee Life at the moshav was very hard for both Dov and Yitzhak They did not understand the language but came to realize that the members of the moshav thought of the Holocaust refugees that were living with them at the moshav as sheep They said you went like sheep to the slaughter and didn t resist You didn t fight like men There were thousands of you in their trains why didn t you revolt You could have The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States grabbed theiruns at least wiped out a few Germans before the crematorium Dov and Yitzhak heard this criticism and knew that these people were new enemies It made them feel for the Germans we were arbage in Eretz Israel we were sheep They were made to feel pain during the day by hearing those words and knowing what the people at the moshav thought of them and horrific dreams at night that they could not erase from their thoughts and memories as hard as they tried When they were iven shovels to dig holes for new trees the brothers saw pits for the dead Trying to make the new refugees feel welcome and calm the members of the moshav played classical music for them This brought back the memories of when they arrived at Auschwitz and heard the orchestra as they exited the cattle "Cars Probably The Worst "Probably the worst was when there was a fire The smell of smoke and actually seeing it brought back the memories of the members of their families that perished and disappeared into the smoke There was never enough food to satisfy their hunger It was common to witness food stealing hiding and hoarding food during these early days Fear was exhibited every time a refugee was encouraged to take a shower These thoughts and fears could not easily be #put aside or forgottenThe author The Brothers of Auschwitz A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel # aside or forgottenThe author The Brothers of Auschwitz A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel on an untold true story Malka Adler met Yitzhak when she was a baby The new refugees Yitzhak and Dov among them were eventually assigned to eat with different families The family Yitzhak ate with had a baby Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth girl Yitzhak remembered that it was because of the crying baby I likedoing to the family Her crying reminded me that life exists The family kept in touch with Yitzhak even after he left the moshav When that little baby rew and began to learn about the Holocaust in school she contacted Yitzhak and Dov to find out where they had been during the Holocaust Both brothers refused to talk about their lives during that time It wasn t until sixty years later that they poured their emotions memories nightmares and horrific experiences out to Malka Adler and she was able to write their story and share it with the worldDov and Yitzhak wrote to Sarah in Sweden and she agreed to come to Israel The brothers no longer traveled It was a heartfelt tearful and emotional reunion The siblings never spoke to each other about their experiences in the camps They were. An extraordinary novel of hope and heartbreak this is a story about a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each otherMy brother’s tears left a delicate clean line on his face I stroked his cheek whispered it’s really youDov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war But one day in 1944 everything changes The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour One hour before the train will take them to AuschwitzSix decades later from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel the brothers. Each chapter alternates between Dov and Yitzhak s accounts of the same events this style provides the reader with their different perspectives it is also an excellent way of following each brother during the times they are separated The style was so overwhelmingly descriptive intense dark and heavy It was relentless there was so much matter on each page you could linger for much longer to let the material sink in it is and should be a long read It is hard work really hard workTheir journey takes in their experiences at several concentration camps labour camps such as Zeiss death marches post war hospitals repatriation to their home village and their journey to and their lives in Israel I learned so much about the terrible experiences of Jews during this period it was visceral and unremittingSome examples of the hundreds I could draw on are Their lives were determined by the flick of an SS Officer s white loved finger on the train ramp at AuschwitzThe orchestraThe smell of the crematorium I will leave it to you to discover what their physiological reactions were to the smell during captivityForced labour this was a sure fire way of slowly killing people they worked them senseless didn t provide anywhere near enough food or water or clothing these people lasted no than three months Then in comes the next shipment of labourThe abhorrent behaviour of the Germans was shocking but also the Hungarians Russians and many others was just as bad Even fellow inmates the depravity was off the scaleThe conditions in the camps were worse than you could imagine and due to the way this nightmare world was presented by Adler you had a real sense of place as much as you can Moonrise (Snowfall, get it was suffocatingly horribleThe resilience of people who died and survived was remarkable the recovery period after the war was eually traumatic many didn t survive and those who did were scarred and damaged physically and psychologically and usually bothThe way their neighbours from their home town assumed ownership of their home livestock pets and possessions the silence of their neighbours and even active complicit actions seemed to come so naturallyThe uestioning by fellow Jews in Israel asking why didn t you fight back was just too upsetting to put into words How could they fight backTheir residual behaviours such as hiding bread under their pillows or their pockets long after the war ended Their lives in captivity enduredYitzhak s memories of the young Germanirl with plaits during his forced marches to the Zeiss factory are so very heart warming and sad I ll leave you to discover the details of that interactionA friend of mine recently asked me How can you read such a book I think the uestion must be How can we not This and books like this should be read by as many people as possible Genocide ethnic cleansing crimes against humanity have occurred since and still occur to this day Aspects of humanity and the human condition is something we all need to own and be ashamed of in eual measure I cannot recommend this book enough this experience will stay with me for a long time to come5 StarsI would like to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review reading this book was a privilege This book is about a sad subject but one that people should be reuired to read It s an ugly part of our history that affected so many Jewish families and we should feel honored to read their stories That s how I feel every time I read a holocaust storyI ve read a lot of WWII era books especially about the holocaust and I always seem to learn something new or hear the story from a different perspective This book takes place in 1944 and is about two brothers Dov and Yitzhak who were separated from their family and sent to Auschwitz The stories they tell are heartbreaking but they survived the horrors of Auschwitz and can now tell their story in this fictional book based on true eventsIt is a book that I won t soon forget and I recommend that everyone read the story of these two brothers
you will learn about the holocaust love will learn about the holocaust the love family and the to survive even when those around you are dyingThank you NetGalley and Harper Collins PublishersOne More Chapter for the ARC of this book in exchange for my review NetGalley TheBrothersofAuschwitz The Brothers of Auschwitz was such a special book that touched my heart my spirit and my whole being This book was written so beautifully in a stream of consciousness voice that will feel like you are hearing this story first hand as told by the brothers Unlike other books in this time frame this one was just a little different the writing was clear raw real and so visceral This is one of those books that we cannot afford not to read Reading the horrors of what the Jewish people had to o through was so harrowing Despite all the holocaust books I have read there is always something that I learn about a detail I might have missed to learn about Each story is a life that needs to be told The brothers story is most especially well told that I could not stop reading this book until i reached the very last page Do not miss the Author s note at the end which I read first prior to reading the first page It ave me the background I needed in how this story was written and the precious moments the author was able hear first hand the brothers storiesAdler beautifully wrote this novel that moved and transformed me I highly recommend this book for an amazing historical fiction read that will bring tears to your eyes and take you into a very emotional roller coaster This is a story needed to be told Thank you HarperCollins and Netgalley for an ARC of this book for an honest review The Brothers "Of Auschwitz By Malka Adler Is About "Auschwitz by Malka Adler is about brothers who finally decide to tell their story of their time during and after the holocaust This is like a book I have never read before This filled me with so much sadness and emotions on what happened during this period of time The stories of the murders of innocent people for no other reason then hatred I have never read a holocaust book on the happenings of what the survivors had to Hello, Snow! go through toet back to some kind of normalcy It was diffently a story that had to be share. Thor writes so beautifully that it is impossible to stay indifferent I ave the book to my mom and she called me after she finished crying and telling me how much she loved it’ reviewer‘It is a book we all must read read in order to know It is harsh enthralling earth shattering rattling – but we must And nothing less’ Aliza Ziegler Editor in Chief at Proza Books Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House‘Great courage is needed to write as Adler does – without softening without beautifying without leaving any room to imagination’ Yehudith Rotem Haaretz newspaper‘This is a book we are not allowed not to read’ Leah Roditi At Magazine.