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You know at the start that this was going to be a depressing story. The central character is mysterious and interesting but in many ways not believable. Having read way too many tales of the Holocaust, I didn't learn anything new here.
This is obviously a thinly-veiled narrative of Chaim Rumkowski, his background as director of an orphanage and his position as Elder of the Judenrat in the Łòdz ghetto. Very odd storyline (ie - Hitler is referred to as Horowitz, which takes some time to decipher & makes no sense). Not easy to follow.
I found this story so ironic that it was difficult to identify with the characters. The most important part was about the moral dilemma about the collaboration of the jewish leaders with the Nazis. This highlighted the moral debate about doing questionable things in impossible circumstances. The deadpan approach to cruelty was also very thought provoking. Difficult to warm to but important to reflect on...
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