Title: Buried Appearances
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Published: November 24th 2013 by D.E. Haggerty
Page Count: 207
Genre: Historical Fiction
I stand at the Auschwitz memorial in the park and try to hold back my tears. It is so breathtakingly sad here. The smashed mirrors dominating this tiny park are heartbreaking. The memorial epitomizes the dichotomy that is the war and Holland. On the one hand, I am standing in front of a heart wrenching monument to the Dutch victims of the Holocaust that died in Auschwitz but in the background I hear the tram rumble by, dogs barking as they run around the grass of the park and children playing soccer on the other side of the fence.
The Dutch continue with their lives as I slowly kneel and place white tulips on the memorial. I have one tulip for each member of Griet’s family that perished in the camps. As I stand, I can’t help but let the tears fall. I don’t know how Griet has survived such sadness, such heartbreak. “Gaat het me u,” I hear behind me.
You get to know a great deal about where the main character came from. Her family history is a big part of who she is today. You also get to know a great deal about the supporting cast that shaped the life of this individual, even if they may no longer be with her today.
Overall, this was a very heartfelt and though provoking novel that really packs a punch. I was captivated by the historical aspect of the novel, and heartbroken for the humanity of it.
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