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Posted July 11, 2012
if you are an animal lover, than you will absolutly love this book. Very sad, but makes you realize how grateful we are today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2012
I loved this book. Faithful Friends was a collection of short stories told by Holocaust survivors of the animals they once knew. I cried. I smiled. This book opened my eyes to a side of the Holocaust I never knew. I loved how the author included history at the beginning of each chapter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2012
Faithful Friends by Susan Bulanda tells the untold story of people and their pets during the Holocaust. While the German Nazis marched across Europe in their quest to eradicate the Jewish people, it wasn't just humans whose lives were damaged and destroyed. Bulanda tells the story of several people, most of whom were children at the time, who had beloved pets at the time. The stories of these completely innocent creatures deeply affected by the savagery of war puts into focus again the horror of this time in history. This is not an easy book to read, but it is a vital one. Many of the stories do not end happily. Some are shocking; I had to go back and read the final dialogue in the story of Blackie three times before the full horror hit me. The story told by Lya Galperin of her dogs reveals more of the devastation the people faced. Lya was taken from her parents through deception, as used as an unwilling blood donor, drained of blood until the Germans thought her dead. Her reunion with her beloved pet brought tears to my eyes, because this little girl truly needed a miracle from God after her torture. I do wish that Bulanda had flip-flopped the last two stories in the book, just to end it on a high note, but that's a small quibble with a story that will definitely get readers thinking and will help ensure that the Holocaust will never be forgotten.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2011
"Faithful Friends" goes where no Holocaust book has gone before - it examines the bond between Holocaust survivors and their pets. These companions suffered, too, gave comfort and, yes, waited for them. Through the darkest days and nights, the horrors mankind heaped upon mankind, it was only those pets who brought a rare ray of love into a world of horror. Organized by country, Bulanda has gathered stories from across Europe and found what little humanity existed;it existed in pets. These are perhaps the few stories of love to come out of a world of hate and for that we should be grateful. Buy it, read it, buy it for your friends. This book deserves a place on your bookshelf and in history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.