Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Escape In Time

I generally love books about the Holocaust, and Escape in Time: A novel based on the true story of how a Jewish family in Hungary survived the Holocaust is no exception. It's a bit different from the others in that the main characters, by staying astray of the law, managed to avoid concentration camps by blending in with their Christian persecutors.

So the reader gets a different perspective than most of the other books I've read: you get to see how this Nazi society looked to Jews/outsiders on the outside of the camps rather than from the inside. Using both forged and real identification, this Jewish family stayed one step ahead of those who would see them sent to the gas chambers, thanks to some paranoia on the part of the father figure that sure came in handy.

The reader gets a deep dive into both the best and worst of human nature. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in this topic.

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