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Monday, January 11, 2010

of war....

I don't get a lot of time to read but I try to sneak in a half hour here and there as I sit in my car waiting for my daughter to get done with school (bad parking situation, have to get there early) or while I wait for her at dance class. I'm currently reading a book called Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis by Nicholas Stargardt. Ok before you say anything lets backtrack. Ever since I took a tour of Auschwitz when I was 7 or 8 I have been very interested in WWII and especially the Holocaust. I try to read and watch anything I can get my hands on. This book is not a weekend reader or anything like that but it has tons of information that I never knew about prieviously. For example, I have read a lot about Jews during the war, the exterminations, ghettos, hiding, sneaking children, and this book does still talk about that but it also talks about German children's lives during the war. These children don't get written about as often but they also were impacted by the war. The book talks about the different institutions and homes that these children were sent to if they were considered unfit for society. It also talks about the brainwashing that they went through and how little control their parents had over their lives. Very interesting book but definately not a light reader.

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