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An old Italian woman seeks a reunion with her son, fathered by an SS officer and taken away by German authorities sixty-two years ago, while she remembers and discusses the atrocities committed in Northern Italy during World War II.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2014], c2007
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547725147
Branch Call Number: F DRN NVD
Characteristics: 359 pages : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Elias-Bursać, Ellen


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phf655 Jun 10, 2015

A strange book. This is not a novel. It is more like a scrapbook of memory of the Nazi era, including but not limited to, holocaust. It goes in many directions - the extermination of the Jews, the inaction of the Catholic church, and the Nazis bizarre 'lebensborn' project, designed to racially fortify the German nation. But it often descends into a thoughtless, hyper-emotional rant. Unmediated accusations of guilt are splayed over everyone, including Jews who were spared extermination and tried to resume their lives after the War, members of the church hierarchy who tried to save Jewish children by baptizing them, and much else. Ultimately all of this is unfair and tiresome. And the lack of a scholarly appartatus means that we do not know what is documented and what is imagined.

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