Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Inextinguishable Symphony

Wow! This book was so interesting. The author tells the story of his parents and their participation as musicians in the Jewish Culture Association during the time of Nazi Germany leading up to WWII, and how their participation in the Association most-likely saved their lives. The book is interesting because it is so many different types of books at once. A little bit of it is like this man's personal memoires. Part of it is tracing his family history back a few generations. Some of it talks about the general world history of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party coming to power. And some of it was very specific history about an organization that I'd never even heard of before. The Association was actually sponsored by the Nazis to use as propaganda showing the world that the Jews' situation was not all that bad in Germany. Similar, in a way, to our own country's past "separate but equal" treatment of African Americans. The difference is that African Americans position was "progressing" in society up from slavery to being equal citizens, but Jews' position was degrading from equal treatment into slavery. I never realized the steps of how that occurred in the German society at that time. I definitely learned a lot of history reading this book, and yet it had the very personal touch that kept it from feeling anything like a college textbook. I definitely would recommend this book.


Claire said...

Jeanette, I just found your blog from Rachel's, looks like you guys are doing well! I'm glad I found you, I really miss towathree. :)

rachel said...

Yay, I didn't know that you had a blog too! Thanks for the book summary. It sounds fascinating. Both Micah and I like reading books abour WWII so we will have to check it out!

Mindy said...

Hmm, I will have to read it. I'm always looking for good books and as everyone knows a referral from someone who has read it already is better than just reading the back cover!

Brian's Wife said...

Ok, I started re-reading this book after everyone left and I just finished it tonight. I really enjoyed it. I read a fictional series of books set during the same time it was interesting to see how they correlated. I had never heard of the Kulterband (sp?) that was really interesting. I feel like I am a little smarter because of this book. Thanks for the recommendation...even though it took me a few months to get to it. I really enjoyed it. Now I need to find a new book to read!!


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