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“Not as good as expected”bookncocoa wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While I knew that Mussolini and Hitler were allies, I never gave any thought to what happened to the Jewish people in Italy. This book opened my eyes to that part of history. The impression I got from this book was that Mussolini didn’t hate the Jews, but he wanted to stay on Hitler’s good side so he ordered them into what is referred to as ‘internal exile’.
This is the autobiography or memoirs of Eric Lamet, his parents managed a luxury hotel in Vienna when the Nazis invaded. He and his parents fled for their lives. Eric’s parents shielded him from the ugly truth of war so he spent much time thinking they ‘hated’ him and were moving around just to torture or inconvenience him. I am referring to torture as a seven year old who has had a luxurious upbringing would define it. He records the moves they had to make, how he had to leave beloved possessions behind and how although his mother loved him and protected him, he eventually came to understand the horror of war.
His father went to Poland, Eric and his mother ended up in a little village in Italy that lacked many modern conveniences, they were ‘confined’ here, as in they couldn’t leave without permission. They had to report each morning to the police.
It was very interesting seeing war from the perspective of a young boy far away from the actual fighting, he records honestly his feelings and his interactions with the villagers, the priest and even a German soldier. He is very honest about how at times he was confused, afraid and resentful of his situation. Through it all his love and admiration for his mother shines through.
Some reviewers have doubted the veracity of this account since the events Lamet is recalling happened so long ago, while I agree that some of the details my not be accurate, I think the feeling portrayed and accurate and found this book enlightening and interesting.”
“My next read - not sure yet on how I feel about it - I may just jump to "The Boy in the Striped Pajama's."”K. Crowley wrote this review Thursday, March 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful memoir about a little known slice of history! ”Sandra Cimadori wrote this review Saturday, February 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recounts the author's childhood as a Jew in Italy during WWII, interned in a small village with his remarkable mother. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and learned quite a lot in the process. Highly recommended!”Emeraldeyes wrote this review Sunday, January 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“kindle”alison d wrote this review Saturday, January 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Outstanding!”Terri L wrote this review Wednesday, May 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting look at a boy who has to flee Poland during the Holocaust. What his life is like, how adult relationships around him are affected, etc. Interesting characters. It is a true story, so it's interesting to find out what happened to everyone he knew. Happy and sad.”Cherylanne wrote this review Tuesday, March 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was disappointed on the way most of the book was delivered. Granted, the story was told through the eyes of a boy. He was writing as an adult. The last fourth of the book was fascinating in all of its detail.”crazywolf wrote this review Wednesday, March 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No