A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France
by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
Submitted by Lynn M.
Mouillot writes of the Nuremburg trials (at which her grandfather served as an interpreter), "[O]ne witness . . . asked to testify in German instead of his native Czech: 'A large number of special and technical expressions relating to life in and about the concentration camps are purely German inventions, and no appropriate equivalent for them in any other language can be found.' Imagine being one of the people who had to bring to life concepts and acts so inconceivable that the vocabulary for them did not exist in other languages." [p. 249]
This book is beautifully written, and heartbreaking. The evil of the 1940s casts shadows that stretch across generations and yet life can be lived fully even in those shadows. (Adult Non-Fiction)