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The Godfather of Kathmandu (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, #4)
Ape House
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Operation Napoleon
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The Sentimentalists
The Heretic Queen
The Midnight House
Cross Fire
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Finding Nouf: A Novel
City of Veils: A Novel
First Daughter
A Place of Hiding
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Fragments of Isabella", by Isabella Leitner

A Memoir of Auschwitz

In her memoir Ms. Leitner uses her writing skills to share with us her wartime experiences when she and her family were taken from their Hungarian home and deported to Auschwitz. The book was first published in 1978 and in 2016 “Open Road Media” provides us with updated digital format version of this deeply moving true account.

This book is slim, the sentences simple and the chapters short but the tone has depth and captures the horror of the Holocaust one page , one sentence and one paragraph at a time. In her years of detention she was a careful observer of both the horrors and acts of human kindness. She was able to escape during the five-mile march to Begen-Belsen and eventually freedom and immigration to the US.

Although, this is not my first book on the Holocaust her memoir nevertheless left an emotional experience and as a reader that did not live this horror I still have shivers each time I read the atrocities people do to others. Years later Ms. Leitner still experienced nightmares and was afraid that one day she will come face to face with one of the people who butchered her family.

This book is a beautifully written snippet (fragments) of life (death) during the Nazi regime.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. “This is the way I see it”.

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