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The effects of writing about Hitler (quote)

For a time I kept on my desk a copy of Ian Kershaw’s Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris, a work of grand scope that served as my field guide to the politics of the era. On the cover is a photograph of Hitler that became for me so repulsive – apologies to Sir Ian – that I had to keep the book on my desk facedown, as it were, for to start each day with a look at those hate-filled eyes and slack cheeks and that fragment of Brillo that passed for a mustache was far too dispiriting. 

Larson’s Sources and Acknowledgements to In the Garden of Beasts

Book Review: Night

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I have never really studied World War II in depth, but pretty much everyone knows the main main details. That is, Hitler came into power and led Nazi Germany. Perhaps his most famous was creating the Holocaust, the extinguishing of all Jews.

I had read the Diary of Anne Frank before I read Night, but it only discussed hiding from the SS. Night was a powerful autobiography that discusses the actual happenings of a concentration camp and the torture these individuals were put through. Wiesel does an amazing job of recreating his experiences, to the point where I felt sick to my stomach. These people that were forced laborers did not deserve any of this.

I'm glad I read the book, though. Everyone knows the Holocaust was bad, but it's hard to know how bad. Reading a firsthand experience enabled me to truly understand the horror that the oppressed went through.

I would rate this book a 4/5. It simply didn't have that appeal that made me glued to the book, but that's probably due to the realistic nature of the novel. But it still gets four points for being such an amazing book that accurately describes the Holocaust time period.

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