Monday: What am I reading…

22June 2009

This weekend I read another memoir of a Holocaust survivor. The book is called Rena’s Promise–Rena Kornreich Gelissen’s story written by Heather Dune Macadam. This is a powerful book and much of the information is pertinent to my project. I suppose I will be adding this book to my “must purchase” list.

I also read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. The book is told through the innocent eyes of the Auschwitz Commandant’s son. Full of symbols. I don’t want to give away too much. After seeing the movie and reading the book, I have to say that the movie version ending was much more emotional.

I’m trying to get through another book called In the Lion’s Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen by Nechama Tec. The story is about a Jewish boy who is able to pass himself off as a German/Pole. He eventually ends up working for the German Police. He takes the job to survive, and passes on as much information to the Jewish underground as possible. Very interesting but also very text-book like.

**Now, I’m at the “what if” stage of my project. I have some parameters because I’ve written the rough of a book that could be a sequel. Certain elements from that book will be worked into this project but…

I have a tiny nugget of information about a job that was done in Auschwitz  by two woman. There are no names, ages, etc. associated with them so I pretty much have free reign in the story.

I had an idea  but I’m wondering if, even now, it might be too offensive. I was thinking of the Patty Hearst Syndrome. These two girls lived for some time in the villa of the Commandant. What if one of the girls falls in love with her captor? He of course, would feed her lies. Would that cross a line?

What do you think?


  • Hey Colleen,

    It’s Matt, from California, Michael’s friend (just in case you were wondering).

    Regarding your idea, you may want to research “The Stockholm Syndrome” (to which Patty Hearst is an example of) and build from there.

    Also, I have seen similar story arc’s in several German and French films about WWII, although I can’t recall the titles. If and when I do, I’ll send them.

    Now that I know you have this website (got the info from facebook), when I come across people out here that have some connections, I’ll refer them to this site.

  • Hey Matt.

    Of course I remember you. I know I saw a movie (maybe called The Black Notebook)? This would be YA (she’d be 18). Just throwing around some ideas. The Striped Pajamas is a tough act to follow. I know, if it is published, it would be compared.

    Thanks for any references!


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