“Your Honor. You hear our stories. You record them. They touch your mind. They touch your intelligence. Perhaps even your imagination. But you’re not one inch closer to us than you were before the trial. Nothing in the world can bridge the gap between your imagination and our experiences.”
From Monika Held’s This Place Holds No Fear, translated from the German by Anne Posten, an incredibly powerful novel of an Auschwitz survivor testifying at the 1965 trials in Frankfurt and falling in love with a younger court translator while battling the torment of what he has seen and lived through.
The novel was just published on the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation on January 27, 2015.
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