A cobblestone road. A sunny day. A soldier. A gun. A child, arms high in the air. A moment captured on film. But what is the history behind arguably the most recognizable photograph of the Holocaust? In The Boy: A Holocaust Story, the historian Dan Porat unpacks this split second that was immortalized on film and unravels the stories of the individuals—both Jews and Nazis—associated with it.
The Boy presents the stories of three Nazi criminals, ranging in status from SS sergeant to low-ranking SS officer to SS general. It is also the story of two Jewish victims, a teenage girl and a young boy, who encounter these Nazis in Warsaw in the spring of 1943. The book is remarkable in its scope, picking up the lives of these participants in the years preceding World War I and following them to their deaths. One of the Nazis managed to stay at large for twenty-two years. One of the survivors lived long enough to lose a son in the Yom Kippur War. Nearly sixty photographs dispersed throughout help narrate these five lives. And, in keeping with the emotional immediacy of those photographs, Porat has deliberately used a narrative style that, drawing upon extensive research, experience, and oral interviews, places the reader in the middle of unfolding events.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
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About the Author
Dan Porat is on the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and teaches courses on the representation of the Holocaust. He is the author of numerous academic publications.
Dan Porat is on the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and teaches courses on the representation of the Holocaust. He is the author of numerous academic publications and The Boy: A Holocaust Story.
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Synopsis: This book tells the story behind the famous photograph of the little Jewish boy raising his hands in fear during the liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto. The idea behind the book came to the author after overhearing in the "Yad-Va'shem" holocaust museum in Jerusalem that the boy in the picture had survived and later became a successful doctor in New York. The questions that have intrigued and guided the author throughout this book are: who are the people in this picture? Who was responsible for taking the picture? And what had happened to all those involved? He was impelled to discover the truth behind these questions and conducted a massive amount of research in order to do so. The author portrays in detail and in a narrative manner the events and occurrences that had led up to this historic picture and thereafter the fate of those involved. He traces the people involved with this picture all the way back to their childhood and tells their life story separately. Going back and forth between the stories, the author recaptures the horrors and dreadful sufferings of Rivkah and the little boy, Tsvi, up to point in time in which they are both photographed being driven forcefully out of the Warsaw ghetto and sent to be exterminated. He also tells the stories of those directly responsible for these terrible events, the Nazi and SS commanders, Jurgen Stroop, Franz Konrad and Jorgen böltsch. Opinion: In my opinion this book is not only very interesting and moving but rather is also extremely important. The book provides a testimony to the pain and suffering of the Jews during one of the darkest times in history. It describes in detail and accuracy the atrocities committed by the Nazis during their attempt to annihilate of Jews. The book is difficult to read emotionally and contains graphic descriptions and explicit content. The downside to the book is the fact that the author retells the biographical details of the Nazis involved. This seems to give them a "human" quality, which makes them relatable and this is hard to avoid. Grade: 8.5/10
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