Mendelssohn is on the Roof

Mendelssohn is on the Roof

Jiří Weil


excellent ebook concerning the Nazi-occupation of Prague. Even after examining loads of literature of the camps and about the destiny of these in Nazi-occupied Europe, there have been passages during this book--particularly the end--that made very tough reading.

It is difficult for me to place my finger on Weil's skill to nonetheless make his topic so emotionally strong. with no rereading any of his books, i might say that--in this book--by juxtaposing the comedian, bumbling activities of Czech collaborators and Nazis with the plight of the Jewish inhabitants made the latter the entire extra gripping.

thorough, revealing description from amazon reviewer:

The novel starts in Nazi-occupied Prague, quickly after the invasion of Russia. There are the 9 months while "the Butcher of Prague", Reinhardt Heydrich, as Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, governed with bare terror. He observed Bohemia as an old German land, had utter contempt for the Czechs and was once one of many major architects of the "Final Solution": the Jews have been already herded into ghettoes; Theresienstadt had already been become a conserving sector from which many Jews have been despatched to the gasoline chambers of Auschwitz. Weil has Heydrich remorse that during his current place he may purely manage the liquidation of the Jews rather than having the ability, as earlier than, to take part for my part within the violence. After Heydrich was once assassinated, the fear intensified even more.

The publication portrays the brutality and forms of the regime; the infighting in the various Nazi experts; how the Nazis terrify one another nearly up to they terrify the folk of Prague, as whilst an order given through Heydrich couldn't be instantly conducted. this type of orders were to take away the statue of Mendelssohn from the roof of the Prague Academy of track while none of his underlings knew which of the various statues was once that of Mendelssohn. Such occasions are farcical; yet we're left in without doubt that there has been by no means something humorous within the final result, as we stick to the precarious lives of numerous Jews and Czechs. Many have perforce to collaborate with the Germans or even take a few satisfaction in it; others reproach themselves bitterly; a couple of courageously have interaction in resistance. because the publication progresses, it turns into darker and darker because the farcical parts are left in the back of. We stream to Theresienstadt, the place the Germans pressured Jews to pick different Jews to do poor issues to but different Jews. And the agony, there and in Prague, maintains correct as much as the time, within the final pages, whilst the Soviets force the Germans out of Czechoslovakia. the various Nazis' sufferers had long gone to their deaths bravely, figuring out that, although they wouldn't reside to determine it, the Germans might without doubt be defeated.

Weil wrote not just as a Jew, but in addition as a lover of Czechoslovakia.

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