Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora
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Book ISBN: 9780814412992
Author(s): Pierre Berg
Document type: Trade Cloth
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Surviving a living nightmare
Pierre will be haunted the rest of his life with the horrors he was able to survive in Nazi death camps. This book is a sobering read with all the death that surrounds Pierre. His memoir shows how the survivors of death camps were lucky. There is no way to figure out the reason Pierre, Elie Wiesel, and Primo Levi were able to survive the death camps. These are the better known survivors because they published books about their harrowing times in Nazi death camps. Pierre is different in the aspect that he was a French gentile. Pierre also differs because he was able to escape the death camp on his own accord. The daring tale of friendship and survival are heart warming, yet it is juxtaposed against the mass killing of people around the author. I did not find this story too different than the other survivor memoirs.
This is a story that is sad and uplifting at the same time. The author surviving this is an incredible story that people might read if looking for more atrocities the Nazis committed during World War II. The author offers a different perspective because he was not a Jewish person placed into the death camps. That is the main difference with this book and other survivor memoirs. I am not taking anything away from the author for surviving the death camp, but this story is not much different than other survivor memoirs. It pains me to read through these books because the atrocities were so great, and the memoir puts a damper on my mood. I would recommend the book to people looking for a different perspective on the Holocaust.
I have read many holocaust memoirs and this one is outstanding. I was reading of Jewish suvivors and moved from those to the Polish Catholics, German Catholics, and found this one. The book is written in terms that are easily understood and in a present time feeling. You feel all of the suffering he goes through, the loss, the pain. I could not put this down. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It explains everything in great detail the inner workings of concentration camp life and life for every race, class, and religion.
Allison R. Polk (Amazon.com)
A MUST READ
I just finished this in the wee hours of the morning and had to weep silently in the bed as my husband was sleeping and I did not want to wake him up.
So many readers have already far more eloquently than I have written such wonderful reviews of this must read book.
Having become online friends of both Mr. Berg and Mr Brock made the experience of reading Mr, Berg's story even more amazing because I would read something he wrote 2 days ago and then be reading about what happened to him 60 years ago later that night. That doesn't usually happen. Or sharing a story with Mr. Brock.
Finishing this book this week after the shooting at the US Holocaust Museum perhaps made it even more painful because you see and know and can't hide from the fact that evil still exists but we must also always continue to fight against it as best we can.
Please buy this book. Tell your friends to buy this book. Have your children and grandchildren read this book. It is important.
As a reader, you feel you are there with Mr. Berg. And you laugh when he laughs. And cry when he cries. And feel the moments of despair when you think he will give in but then pulls himself up and goes on.
You realize Schiesshaus Luck exists for many people in many situations and why we don't know.
Thank you Pierre for sharing your story and for Brian working with you to write this amazing story and for fate that brought you two together.
There are others . . .
You have to respect the experience, but I wasn't impressed with the book as a piece of writing or editing. It's not a long read if you seek to add to your review of concentration camp experiences, but for the reader with a more limited interest, there are others. Again, I very much respect Mr. Berg's experience and only comment on the book here.
T. Leach (Amazon.com)
An historic and facinating book
I am Jewish and I have not read many holocaust books. I am very glad I read this one. There are so many small details and accounts of the daily life of this prisoner that i could not help but be fascinated by it. The narrator is male, about 18 years old or so and is French (not Jewish). Some of the accounts are startling, and obviously the brutality is sad and heart breaking. While the book is honest and truthful it was written in a way in which I could "handle" the awfulness a little bit better, the author himself is so emotionally detached from the horrors that it sort of allowed the reader to handle it the same way.
The book begins in Dora but most of it is from Auschwitz. It's hard to believe that it is all true, that human beings are capable of such monstrosities. I am very glad that I read this book and it is a credit to the author for having the strength to re-live those memories.
Brandy Fortune (Amazon.com)
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