Review: AUSCHWITZ by Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt

Christina of Ardent Reader (formerly of Jackets & Covers) recently posted a review of Auschwitz by Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt.  Click here to read her thoughts on the book and how it compares to the lecture she attended that was taught by Dwork.

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Auschwitz Sign Recovered . . .

If you missed our earlier posting about the thievery in Poland of the 16 foot, iron sign at the gate of Auschwitz, the most infamous of the concentration camps, check it out here.  It generated quite a bit of discussion.

The latest from Polish authorities, according to Reuters, is that the sign has been recovered and that five men have been arrested.  The men are not members of the Neo-Nazis as some had presumed, and allegedly stole the sign for financial reasons.  The sign has been sliced into three pieces.  Several of the men have been convicted of robbery in the past.

There’s more at NPR, the LA Times, and other news outlets.

Breaking News…Auschwitz 16 ft. Sign Stolen!

In Poland at the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, which has since become a museum and way of remembering the deceased, perpetrators stole the 16 foot sign from the main gate.  The sign, which says “Work sets you free,” is made of iron and was taken on Dec. 18.  Check out this New York Times story.

Across Poland, according to AFP, border patrols have been increased and road blocks continue to be used to locate the thieves.  Meanwhile, Polish authorities are combing the former concentration camp for further evidence.

Over 1 million, mainly Jewish “residents” of Auschwitz were killed, or I would more accurately say murdered.  Why would someone steal the sign?  How many people does it take to remove and walk away with a 16 foot, iron sign?

Since the disappearance of the sign, authorities have replaced it with a replica.

Review: AUSCHWITZ by Pascal Croci

auschwitz-graphic-novelGail from Ticket to Anywhere recently posted a review of the graphic novel Auschwitz by Pascal Croci.  Here’s an excerpt:

I stumbled across Auschwitz by Pascal Croci when I was looking for the next volume of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series at my local library. I picked this up because I thought that the graphic novel format was a different way to approach the story of the Holocaust. I found this book to be a confusing narrative, it starts in 1993 Czechoslovakia with two holocaust survivors (a husband & wife) hiding out in a bomb torn building. Its there that they each tell their story of their experiences while imprisoned in Auschwitz so many years before. What follows are two graphic stories with some impressive gray scale drawings.

Read the entire review here.

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