BOOK REVIEW: I Want You To Know We’re Still Here by Esther Safran Foer

Book 2 of 40

Thank you to Crown Published and Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book.

Spoilers below.

It’s not often I go to write a review about a book and end up not knowing where to start.

Firstly, I am saddened and horrified to not know so much about the Holocaust. I thought I was educated, but reading this book opened my eyes to atrocities I had never heard of, had never imagined, could never imagine.

I was captivated by the premise of this book, so was excited when I was granted advanced access to it. I had expected this book would play out giving answers to the situation posed in the premise. And it does, sort of, but it also does not. Which I think made everything about this book, and a different realization about the Holocaust so much realer to me: there are no longer ways to get answers to questions of the past for millions of people because six million people were wiped out. Their history went with them. Their generational history. Their stories.

I can’t imagine the atrocities that occurred then. That still exist in places today. I can’t imagine turning in one of my neighbours or helping to eradicate people from existence. I just don’t understand it.

It’s hard for me to recommend this book as a good read, but I do think it is an important read. And for that, I would recommend picking it up.

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