There have been many books about the Holocaust - and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive - not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also - almost unbelievably - a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story - their story - will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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Von Elizabeth Bennet Am hilfreichsten 22.02.2018
Great story, gripping narration!
Just finished this impressive audiobook! Thank you, Heather Morris, for a sensitive portrait of experiences so frightening one can hardly believe they once happened which makes it even more important to report the stories of a witness and survivor! "Zeitzeugen" as we call them in German are immensely important to keep up the memory and prevent such horrid political and inhuman conditions in future.
I especially loved the technique of narration shifting perspectives abruptly. Kudos, Richard Armitage!
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Von Amazon Kunde Am hilfreichsten 07.03.2018
Tolles HörBuch ABER...
Die Geschichte ist bewegend und spannend, Richard als Sprecher wird dem Buch mehr als gerecht.
ABER: die Bearbeitung ist weniger gelungen. Man hört seltsame Schnitte und Veränderungen im Sound/Stimme. Ich kann nur vermuten woran es liegt. Es stört ein wenig den Hörfluss da es auch innerhalb von einem Satz vorkommt.
Das geht doch besser.
Man gewöhnt sich im Laufe des Zuhörens etwas daran, ist aber schade und sollte nicht passieren.
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