Monday, August 20, 2012
Between Shades of Gray
Both books describe the horrific treatment of Jews and political prisoners by both Germans and Russians. Both of the main characters are young girls who are from wealthy families and 'almost' understand what is happening.
Soldiers beat on the door and give the family five minutes to pack what they can. Then they are taken and crammed with other 'criminals' onto waiting cattle cars where they wait. And wait. The conditions are beyond belief with no provision for any privacy for even the most basic bodily functions. Eventually the train leaves and they travel days upon days without knowing where they are going.
When the train finally stops they are in the Russian steppes.