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This isn't the first memoir from a holocaust survivor that I've read/listened to, and I appreciate listening to each and every one. I enjoy reading military history (audio)books and personal memoirs are an important complement to historical accounts of events. With each history book and each memoir that I read, it adds a little more to my understanding of that period of time. And, it helps me understand the context of current events better as well.
One of the main reason why I enjoy reading memoirs from the WW2 era is to understand the motives and behaviours of different people. Did the 'good guys' always behave honourably? Did the 'bad guys' always behave reprehensibly? The more I read, the more nuanced my understanding becomes. I'm always particularly curious about the feelings that holocaust survivors have towards German citizens, non-Jewish friends and neighbours, camp guards, factory managers that used slave labour, and so on. The author, indeed, comments that some survivors are much less forgiving than others - that is very interesting to me and it is one of the things that makes survivor memoirs so compelling. (I realize that I start to experience vicarious trauma when I read too many grisly details about atrocities, so that is not what draws me to survivor memoirs.) Towards the end of the book, the author commented that when she emigrated to the United States, she was clearly and strongly discouraged from talking about her experiences (she mentioned that she would wear long sleeves while at work, to cover the prisoner ID number tattooed on her arm). This is something that I haven't appreciated when reading/listening to other literature relating to the holocaust; my assumption was that survivors who moved to the States were reluctant to talk because of personal trauma, not because they felt pressured not to talk about their experiences. This is a theme that I'd like to understand better, so it's something that I'll look for when listening/reading to other books on this subject.
Just like every victim of the holocaust has a unique story to tell, every reader of memoirs such as this will have a unique reaction after hearing that story. I'm glad that memoirs such as these exist; I admire the author for sharing her story with me, and I appreciate the 'food for thought' that compels me to reflect about human nature....
A quick word about the narration: I found the narration to be quite well done, except it was a bit slow for my personal preference. Once I slightly sped up the playback speed on my tablet, I was perfectly satisfied with the pace and tone of the narration.
I provided my personal opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.
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Echoes from the Holocaust is not only about death camps during WWII.
it is about surviving. Mira's narration makes for a gripping story, that begins with her early life in Poland and ends with her readjustment into society and her eventual immigration to America. Welcome home Mira!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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