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  •  I sent my copy of 'Night'... (6+ / 0-)
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    MTmofo, sallym, crose, Alexandra Lynch, dsb, Drewid

    to crose.
    I'm about halfway through first reading.

    All sane people detest noise. Mark Twain

    by Man Oh Man on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:43:50 PM PDT

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    •  Slim book (6+ / 0-)

      enormous book
      I'll have to reread Night. They're kind of bookends in his writing.
      Growing up, neighbors of ours were survivors. The daughter married a delightful little German man, a dentist. They kept care of her mother, who we all called "Nanny". We'd take her flowers or treats, and she'd give us lemon drops. Spoke very little english, just smiled and gestured. They were all gentle, funny and wonderful people. I was too young to know much about their history, she said it was very frightening and sad. Not many survivors left, but Elie Wiesel's life work to ensure remembrance and empowerment is a treasure.

    •  Night (6+ / 0-)

      blew me away. You read second-hand accounts of the atrocities but when they are described like this, the cold, institutionalized hate, the deprivation and terror, it wrenches your guts out.

      •  It does that (3+ / 0-)
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        Went to the National Holocaust Museum in DC. Figured a couple of hours, then a Smithsonian. Didn't have a watch, didn't look for a clock, but when we came out it was over 5 hours later. Never felt the time pass. It is a haunting, yet inspiring place. Walking through a rail car and touching a wall, then reading it was used to transport people, like any one of us, to death and/or brutality - and you'd just touched the wall!! or a barracks assembled with boards from a camp. Most amazing - From the third floor to the bottom you pass over a bridge and on either sides are photographs from all sorts of occasions, again on each floor. As you pass the last there's a writing that says the negatives were found in a studio in a small village in Poland, the photographer was a Jew, as were the subjects. Most, maybe all were rounded up and perished. Could go on and on, but it's a must see.

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