A book you will think about long after you read the last page.
I received a gift copy from the author in exchange for a honest review….
This story focuses around a former SS officer during the Holocaust. The introduction starts “This is my story – my life from the horrors of war and slaughter to the travails of change and atonement.” The book starts with Johann’s life as a SS officer and the devastating events of the Holocaust and quickly moves to his escape to America and his life after. Through Johann’s memories you see the times during the Holocaust when he struggled with the tragedies occurring before him.
When a Jewish family moves next door and befriends Johann he starts to questions his beliefs. Over time their young son shows Johann how there can be goodness inside of him. Can he forgive himself for what he has done in the past?
The characters were well developed in this book and you felt all of the anguish that Johann had went and is going through. Ruth and Samuel were key characters helping Johann back into life, reappraisal, and a quest for atonement.
Kudos to Mr. Rittman for his eloquent writing on a tough subject. This book flowed easily and brought out so many emotions. In the end he showed that humans can have compassion and forgiveness in their heart. This is the type of book that will stick in your mind long after you read the last page.
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