The Arrival: I Sought God in Hell
The horror that camp survivors suffered and witnessed compels many to write testimonies as a way of communicating the agony and tragedy to those who know little or nothing about the Shoah. This book of two-page chapters takes you through everything that any witness has ever reported, I would think, plus the agonizing decisions one might make, or made, in response to the “Russian roulette” offered by the Nazis. Were they tricks? Did they lead to even worse conditions, to death? Despite all this, Mietek Weintraub was still seeking God: “Surely our Merciful God will act now and protect us from this evil so that we can sustain our everlasting trust in Him on our fateful arrival.” Do I suspect sarcasm? At some point I began to wonder if this was a novel, not testimony, but the photos convinced me that this volume is entirely factual. Appendix, photos.
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