I rarely do book reviews but I absolutely love reading and I have decided to actually share some of the books that I have already finished reading in February as well as one of the book I intent to finish in March. Come along now, and if you adore historical accounts, biographies and non – fiction, well don’t be shy and follow me!
- The photographer of Auschwitz by Luca Crippa Maurizio Onnis
This book expounds on the lifestory of prisoner-photgrapher, Wilhelm Brasse, who was inprisoned at the infamous Nazi death map, in Auschwitz Poland. His accounts of the day-to-day realities of the inmates were documented through his occupation as a photographer which he was a trained one before his imprisonment during his five years there. He was tasked to take pictures of inmates, make private portraits for his SS superiors for their personal affairs as well as documented the medical experiments of the angel of death, SS medical doctor, Mengele who has come to be known as a cruel medical experimentalist with children especially twins. Personal accounts of other inmates are also found in this honest , straightforward as well as gut-wrenching account of Wilhelm Brasse. As a political prisoner to the Nazi regime, he was assigned the number 3444 and he was tasked to record the mechanics of the camp, where he took about 5000 of such photos documenting the very horrors that took place within its walls. His compelling account of joining the resistance while in the camp and smuggling these photos out so that these atrocities will not be erased or forgotten makes this book , I believe a must read. I believe it is important to understand what has happened or at least be aware of it even if it might not have been direct to us in terms of history, timeline or region. There is so much that we can learn if we only open both our hearts and minds to knowledge, empathy and understanding.
2. From Leningrad to Hungary: Notes of a Red Army Soldier, 1941-1946 by Evgenii D. Moniushko
This is a personal account of Evgenii Moniushko from the beginning of world war II and documents his journey from Siberia, along the Vistula, to Silesia and Czechoslovakia and then in Hungary and finally demobilisation. This book explicates on his subsistence under the siege of Leningrad ( which lasted 872 terribly long days, where German forces tried to overcome the major industrial center which is also the USSR’s second-largest city ) and then eventually being an officer in the Red Army during the last one and half years of war. It is a first-hand account of a powerfully humanistic and realistic view of a soldier in those days under such a regime, detailing his various duties and perspectives of his and his fellow soldiers during his active years in military service. I think it is such an inspiring read and it is something that one cannot easily find in the history books nor is it taught elsewhere conveniently. If you would like to understand a person during such a time of history and in such a position that most of us cannot really identify with now ( being a soldier during the WWII and under the USSR) , then this is the book for you!
- Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
I have decided to read this in the beginning of March, because I am not too familar with the human rights movement in America and thus decided that I should be more informed. This book is again the collection of personal accounts of the many women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and their journeys of advocating for a place where they can be recognised with dignity in the very land of their birth. I cannot wait to be immerse into their stories of courage , growth and unity as well as to empathise and understand the very intricacies of their struggles. I really am convinced that I will learn much from this book and I cannot wait to share my thoughts on here once I am done.