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The narrator drags a corpse out of a bunk and takes his place. On his right is an old man with a long white beard (who dies); on the left an older boy, his brothers and cousins, who, when told the Americans are coming do not run from the barracks. They cook and eat some potatoes an enterprising child has stolen from the kitchen. “They didn’t see the open gateway to freedom, because they didn’t know what freedom was.”p>This book is hard to bear because of the fullness and clarity of its reality. But it is more than worth the pain and exhilaration you will feel when you read it. Hofmann quotes from Wander’s memoir, The Good Life , about Wander’s view of life in the camps, which makes a good last word on the subject: br> /p>
Basically the same rules and conditions obtained in the camps as in the world beyond the barbed wire — which is to say power and violence, opportunism and corruption — only in an exaggerated, distorted form. But there is another side to this as well, which is hardly ever mentioned, but which seems even more crucial to me: the fact that you could observe — if you had eyes to see — how a few of us struggled to keep alive our true and actual selves, our self-respect, our human bearing, some vestige of our human dignity.br> Franklin Freeman is a writer living in Saco, Maine.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online