27 May 2009

Weekly Geeks: War Books

This Week's Prompt: With Memorial Day in the U.S. this coming Monday, I thought it would be appropriate to focus on the military. Either share your favorite book on war or movie on war and why. Provide a clip from the movie if you'd like or a passage from the book that shows us why you it's your favorite book or movie. Or do both. OR choose your own military theme, for example, if you have a relative or friend in the military and you would like to send them a video or a message of thanks, do that on your blog. OR do all three. The book and movie also don't have to be "patriotic" necessarily. For example, one of my favorite fictional books on war is Johnny, Get Your Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

Over the past few years, I have read and/or purchased a few books involving the Holocaust. This Weekly Geeks gives me the opportunity to sort of chronicle them here, calling attention to them and perhaps introducing some of you to a new book.

When God Looked the Other Way by Wesley Adamcyk (almost review found here)

The Reader by Bernard Schlink (almost review found here)

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (review found here)

Night by Elie Wiesel (read, but no review)

Because of Romek by David Faber (read, but no review) ((I actually had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak))

The Man who Never Was by Ewan Montagu (not read)

Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler (partially read)

The Berkut by Joseph Haywood (not read)

Strangers in the Land of Egypt by Stephen March (almost review found here)

The Nuremberg Trials by Ann Tusa (not read)

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (read a long time ago)

I believe it is truly important to keep the memories of the Holocaust and the lessons learned alive in our minds. We are getting more and more removed from this horrific event and the new generation doesn't seem to apply the same significance to World War II as past generations have. In my opinion, this loss is a tragedy. Survivors of the time, particularly Jewish survivors, are very few. As such, we are losing that first person accounting. Books, and movies, are becoming the way we know about this era. And we must know.

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