For BookBytes today I have picked this quote from Jet Lag by Ann Birstein. Talking of Auschwitz the author says:
The million and half Jews had been shipped from all over Europe for the privilege of being murdered here. From all parts of Poland, of course, but also Hungary, Slovakia, Greece. Why? Why go to all that trouble? Why not shoot them on the spot? But I was thinking in terms of Nazi efficiency. I had forgotten the other why. Why murder them all?Jet Lag, Ann Birstein
This is something I have often wondered. Why take the trouble of transporting millions and millions of Jews only to kill them? And again I have to remind myself that the bigger question here is ‘Why kill them at all?’.
Although the book didn’t move me as much as other WWII literature, it is worth a read. You can read the detailed review of the book here.
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