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This paper reviews Gotz Aly's seminal work which recreated the life of a child murdered in the Holocaust entitled "Into the Tunnel." The review describes the author's motivation for writing the book and the tremendous efforts he put into researching the child he wrote about. Then, the review gives an overview of the book's structure, explaining the progressive discriminatory laws in Nazi Germany against Jews and how this impacted Marion Samuel's family. Finally, the paper notes how Marion and her father were deported to Auschwitz. The paper concludes by stating that thanks to Gotz Aly's research, one less child and his/her family died forgotten and lost forever.
From the Paper:"The question is how many of today's authors would be willing to put in so much time about a girl who was so young, was one of millions and who did nothing extraordinary in her lifetime. Yet Aly looked in every possible direction, newspaper account, municipal records, telephone books, train schedules, property decrees and memorial books. How Marion came alive with such original sources as the letter from her friend Hilma Kruger, who remembers meeting her Marion while walking in May of 1938: "Suddenly Marion began to cry, and said that she was frightened. I was surprised, and then she said, 'People go into a tunnel in a mountain, and along the way there is a great hole and they all fall in and disappear.'" This, of course, is where Aly gets the name of the book, which also sums up the Holocaust so succinctly--these millions of victims went into the tunnel of the trains, camps and ovens, and disappeared for good."
"Even more amazing is that Aly was able to obtain photographs of Marion, which are included in the book: her class photo from the elementary school in Berlin, grandparents, parents and, most disturbing of all, the last family portrait..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Aly, G. (2004) Into the Tunnel. New York: Metropolitan Books
Cite this Book Review:
A Child's Death in the Holocaust in "Into the Tunnel" (2012, May 31) Retrieved January 18, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/a-child-death-in-the-holocaust-in-into-the-tunnel-151315/
"A Child's Death in the Holocaust in "Into the Tunnel"" 31 May 2012. Web. 18 January. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/a-child-death-in-the-holocaust-in-into-the-tunnel-151315/>