By Arnost Lustig
I think this is often my final contribution of the paintings of Arnost Lustig at the tracker for the close to destiny. anything via this writer will be appreciated.
From Library Journal
The seven new tales by way of a grasp chronicler of the Holocaust ( Indecent goals, LJ 6/15/88) learn the minds of either the Nazis and their sufferers. In "Infinity," 3 younger males at Auschwitz lie conscious waiting for the rebellious nightly making a song of ladies looking forward to the gasoline chambers. one other tale depicts a starting to be knowledge by means of the camp Commandant's retarded son of what's occurring and his identity with the Jewish teenagers gassed in a van disguised as an ambulance. In one other tale, set in Prague at the eve of the Nazi's defeat, concepts of an easy Czech lady all for the survival of her grandson are successfully juxtaposed with these of an aristocratic captain of the Wehrmacht , who for the sake of German glory brings a merciless dying to either. Gripping stories of numerous encounters with Nazism, superbly crafted and movingly told.
- Marie Bednar, Pennsylvania country Univ., college Station
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I remembered what Rabbi Gans once told us in the Vinohrady synagogue: that when they were in the Sinai desert, Moses had ordered his successor, Joshua, to bury him in the ground so that no one would find his grave. The Germans were now doing it on a grand scale. Portman hiccupped again. "I washed my rags in the latrine and the rottenfuhrer came there and whipped me out of the hole. " "They should have started," I said. Portman yawned. "It's better if they stay quiet. It won't help the dead. And the living should stick with common sense.
This silence sounded like the dried-up language of the dumb, like the very last silence of the earth as it will one day be heard by the last human generation, even without Auschwitz-Birkenau, when the sun will approach with its enormous ball of fire, and all that is human will turn into fire, ashes and ice, before the planet earth turns into an infinite night, like this night, but much more desolate, much more silent, and much more cold. In my imagination it came sooner. " Harry Cohen did not say anything.
Then he noticed the throbbing veins in Emanuel's temples and forehead. The railway employee spoke again. " The employee looked one last time at the slight man with the umbrella. Emanuel was dressed in a pinstriped woolen suit, as though it were not the end of summer. At the same time, the railway employee thought that this man's thin, straight Jewish nose, greasy skin, stooped 10 STREET OF LOST BROTHERS shoulders, and diffident eyes reminded him of a moth or a mayfly that lives for two days as if born by mistake.