human nature. We do horrible things to one another. And the German and Japanese atrocities that led to WW2 are examples of the very worst, of the most horrific behavior that humans have demonstrated. These are the stories that chill one's soul. No matter how many times I hear them, I am sickened and shocked in whole new and terrible ways. It seems ironic, maybe, if that is the right use of the term that Hitler and the Nazis would deem Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, persons with exceptional abilities to be "inhuman" when Hitler and the Nazis behaved in such ways that suggest that they are completely void of any kind of humanness. Even if humanity is evil, how can people such as these have been SO evil.
Prisoner B-3087 is based on the story of Yanek Gruener who survived unspeakable hell at the hand of the Nazis. Alan Gratz does a remarkable job doing what must have been a hell to write, but needed to be written.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.