I received this book yesterday via e-mail from Amsterdam Publishers, and I spent all of last evening reading from beginning to end.
I know I have many friends, social networking friends and followers who are interested in learning more about the Holocaust, but are unsure as to where to start, or are hesitant to read about or see photos of mass execution, slaughter and such horrid mistreatment done to humans by humans.
No matter how wrong or horrid, history must be told. Lessons need to be learned, memories need to be shared, so nothing like this ever happens again.
I highly recommend this book if this time in History interests you.
Hank tells his story to his youngest daughter, and she transcribes it by pen and paper. He did not want it audio recorded. His daughter is trained in trauma, so she was supportive and careful with her father during his telling of his story.
Reading this book is like sitting in the living room with Hank while he shares his experiences. You could feel his strength and warmth come through the pages.
This book is full of photos (some are sad photos but not graphic, and photos of his family are included), and the personal letters at the end touched my heart.
Hank carried this story deep inside of him for years, because…how do you share something so horrid with your loved ones?
He raised a happy, healthy family, how do you even begin to explain or share the horror you faced at such a young age?
Finally, after much discussion and consideration, he decided to share.
I am so glad he did. His story needed telling. It is a story we all need to hear.
Again, if you are interested in the Holocaust and are unsure where to start, I suggest starting with this book. I believe teenagers would be able to handle this book as well.
I read a lot of Holocaust books and memoirs, but this one will definitely stick with me for awhile.
I wish I could personally thank Hank and his family for sharing this story.
Here is the Amazon link for purchase.