After two ghettos and one work camp, Thomas shows up at Auschwitz 10 years old and separated from his parents. He survives with his instincts, lots of luck and lots of resilience. When Thomas is released he starts looking for his parents. About two years later he finally finds his mother, and in 1951 they leave for America, new beginnings for them both.
I got this book for Christmas and was able to finish it pretty fast. The writing is not challenging, but simply written. The story was incredible though, and sometimes ( I shouldn’t say sometimes; all the time) it is hard to imagine being so young and innocent and going through such horrible things, especially alone.
Personally, I didn’t find any absolutely gory or parts that were completely unbearable, but some people might find some scenes they really can’t stand. But I think that Buergenthal did a good job of showing us how terrible this experience was without writing down every gory and cruel detail that makes us put the book away.
Before I go I want to ask my wonderful readers: how do you choose a new book to read ? Feel free to tell me in the comments box. I look forward to see your answers!