This time, I will review something a bit more complicated ( ?).
The Last Witness by Jerry Amernic
Synopsis (via Amazon to avoid any spoilers):
The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family. Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.
I didn’t like what I read. And for the simple reason that it sounds too true. Humanity starts to forget what happened between 1933 and 1945. There are still a lot of Holocaust deniers. (very nice description in the book) People who try to relativize (Yes, but..) Trying to neglect the horrors my home country, my ancestors inflicted on several millions of humans. And more important why ?
4.9 stars out of 5.
What I didn’t like:
It sounds too real. I don’t want to live in a future described in this book.
What I liked;
The writing style
The description of a very near future that sounds possible.
The jumping back in time. (2039 and 1944/45 in the ghetto of Litzmannstadt and in Auschwitz)
Description of the characters. Nothing unbelievable. Not even the villains. Although they are bad. They are believable bad. And some quite graphic scenes of horror inflicted by Germans. Although it sounds horrible they are just true. (Mengele, some soldiers in the ghetto)
Would I recommend it ?
Yes, no doubt. Should maybe be on the curriculum for high school pupils age 16 and older. There are things described in the book, you might need a certain age to understand.
Yup, it’s from time to time horrible to be German.