Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"I judge no man" - Eight Books in Auschwitz

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Eight Books in Auschwitz

There were eight books in the Auschwitz concentration camp in WWII.   And a girl managed the books secretly kept from German guards.
The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe (Author), Lilit Thwaites (Translator)
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
Dita was rescued alive in 1945 by allied troops.  She married a man who had been also put in Auschwitz after WWII.  She must deserve the Nobel Prize in Literature.

But what eight books should we choose if we are allowed to keep them in any circumstance if not in Auschwitz?   On one site, the following eight books (novels) are nominated.

1 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

2 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

3 . Ulysses by James Joyce

4 . The Odyssey by Homer

5 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville

7 . The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

8 . Hamlet by William Shakespeare

But, the gravest sin of Nazi Germany is that they didn't allow captured Judaists to keep their holy books.

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Joh 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
Joh 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.