Monday, March 30, 2009

I really like history, if I had thought that I could do anything with it I probably would have gone to college to study it more. When I was in about the 8th grade, I became extremely fascinated with the history surrounding the Holocaust. I'm not sure why such a controversial, depressing period of time fascnated me as much as it did. When I was in college and got the opportunity to do a political science internship in Poland I was thrilled, mostly because I thought that there would be a chance I would actually get to go to Auschwitz and a few other places that I had read so much about. I still to this day get chills when I remember the time that I spent there.
Recently, an eight grade teacher in the school that I spend so much time in recommended a book to me. I knew nothing of what the book was about, but as I began to read it I realized it was set in this time period that I was so intrigued with. The book made me think about my time spent in Auschwitz and really what that time meant to the world around us. I have just a few pictures that were taken in Auschwitz, it seemed like such a hallowed place to really be snapping pictures. I spent some time over the weekend looking through these and it made the story so much more real.
Really, this post was meant to reccomend a great book, that is actually being made a movie right now. The book is entitled, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. It is a really simple young adult novel that woun't take long at all to read, so if you like historical fiction this is a great book to read...




5 comments:

The Jacobson Family said...

I'll have to find this book. All through junior high I loved reading books about WWII. When I went to Germany with my mom we didn't visit the concentration camp but some of the other tour group people did and they said it was such a sad experience.

millerandbrandi said...

I have always loved learning about the Holocaust too...maybe its because every book I have read or every movie I have seen that pertains to the Holocaust portrays very brave people enduring so much...I'm not sure. I'll definitely have to read it. Thanks for all the baby stuff, I love it!

karisa said...

I still have the newspaper cutout of the presentation we gave in Mrs. Drake's class on the Holocaust.

julie said...

My brother actually told me about the book and movie, he too highly recommended it!! --Love your blog!

**nicke... said...

hey, that movie is already out on video! i am waiting for it on my netflix. maybe i should read the book first. i had no idea it was a book before a movie