March 12, 2011

Readers are Leaders... Time for a Book Review!

Reaching back into the events of the past often sounds boring, laborious, and no-fun. Surely it is going to be a lot like homework! We don’t want to waste our time working to learn when we are missing a college basketball game, do we?

Well, if you want to approach it like that, maybe history isn’t very fun. But for some people, the past is like an enormous pirate’s treasure chest: just open the lid and the entire fortune is yours to take!

Therefore, it’s time for our first… Book Review! Now before you ignore this post, hear me out. Even if you don’t like books about history or the Holocaust, this is one you have to read!

The book is called Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust, by Martin Small. Now, I’ve read a lot of books on World War II and the Holocaust: anything I can get my hands on. But this book is unique. Martin Small is an incredible writer, and his true story is absolutely gripping. Many Holocaust survivors seem to write with a very bitter or hopeless spirit. While Martin Small endured all of the horrors of the Holocaust, he maintains a positive outlook that refreshes readers and teaches a powerful lesson.  If you can get through the first three chapters, which are a little tedious, the rest of the book is absolutely gripping. I promise! So poignant is Small’s story that it has received much attention, even from Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel recommends Martin Small’s book.

I’m understand if you can’t afford to buy this book, or if you never have time to read, or if you don’t even like reading. But if you see it at your library, or if you need something to read on a trip, I can’t tell you how much you will benefit from reading Remember Us. It will change your perspective on the Holocaust. It also reminds each of us just how much we have to be thankful for!

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