February 10, 2010

Day After Night by Anita Diamant

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:45 am by lbrosch

Day After Night is a work of historical fiction based on the rescue of more than 200 prisoners from the Atlit internment camp in Israel.  The story centers around 4 young girls in their late teens who have come from a variety of backgrounds in surviving the holocaust of World War II. They are being kept in a prison near Haifa which is run by the British military. Some seem to have family members who come for them but these four girls are totally alone in the world due to their families having been killed in death camps, etc.  These girls become devoted friends over the weeks in the camp and eventually begin to reveal some of their darkest memories. I found the story somewhat difficult to follow as it quickly moved from one girl to the next and with four major characters and each with their own involvement with other minor characters it was sometimes difficult to determine which girl was being presented. However, once you get a feel for the structure of the story it does prove to be very gripping as the climax nears.  The message is one of hope for the girls and so many other prisoners who have suffered such trauma in their lives. The story provides a glimpse into the lives of these people whose stories seem to provide a fresh look at the aftermath of the Jewish survivors of the war. It is certainly a piece of history that should be told and gives us more insight into Jewish women survivors of war.

For more info:

Atlit: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/geo/atlit.html

Atlit camp: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Immigration/atlit.html