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Broken on the inside

the war never ended 

Auteur: Simon Hammelburg

Engels - Paperback

274 pagina's  |  Aspekt B.V., Uitgeverij  |  november 2018

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WWII did not end in 1945 when the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust were released from the concentration camps or came out of their hiding places. Often no longer welcome in their former homes they were forced to leave behind, stripped of their belongings and dignity, they had to move on regardless. Their children suffered too, as there was always fear, anxiety and sadness about countless relatives that were killed during this unrivalled genocide.

Simon Hammelburg compiled the accounts of over 1200 survivors and their offspring, presenting the results of about 25 years of psychological research in a remarkable novel. Written in a sober journalistic style with a blend of loving compassion and humorous dialogues, he takes you into a world of sorrow, concern and ultimate loneliness, revealing the unspeakable in an outstanding masterpiece.

Professor dr. Klaas A.D. Smelik,
Director of the Etty Hillesum Research Center



Even more impressive.

The new third revised English edition of Simon Hammelburg’s highly acclaimed novel Broken on the Inside – The War Never Ended, in a pretty cover and now published by Aspekt, is available at your favorite bookstore. Author Simon Hammelburg and his team made this third edition even more impressive than the previous ones. A beautiful #1 in Holocaust literature, based on 25 years of research the psychological impact on parents and children of the Holocaust. An eye-opener for all generations. Written with knowledge and humor.

Forever damaged

Hammelburg describes the experiences of Holocaust survivors and their children, based on over 1,200 interviews with Holocaust survivors and their children. He projected breathtaking stories on fictional characters. Especially the impact of the Holocaust on later generations, so many lives of people who carry isolation, persecution, suffering and indifferent reception on their return home with them. In masterly written dialogues it becomes painfully obvious that these children of Holocaust survivors carry a heavy weight. Despite these horrific summery, Hammelburg wrote the story in an airy, very appealing way, with a healthy dose of Jewish humor. Once I started reading in the evening, I could not stop, absorbing each and every word. I finished reading around 3 a.m. It definitely was the most touching and incisively book I read for a long time. I just had to read the book again. Even more I relived the emotions, the mechanism of misunderstanding and exclusion, the ultimate loneliness. The scars of the Holocaust still linger on. From generation to generation. Mentally and physically. Meanwhile victims of other conflicts are being traumatized or on the run. Everyone should read this book. To increase understanding of Holocaust survivors and their offspring, but also to slightly comprehend what will happen to the victims of present violence, their exclusion and misunderstanding. And to their offspring. Should this book be mandatory learning material in schools? I believe so..


Auteur(s)Simon Hammelburg
Soort boek Paperback, 274 pagina's
Uitgever Aspekt B.V., Uitgeverij , Verschijningsjaar: 2018
ISBN-13 9789463385220
ISBN-10 9463385223
Taal Engels


Categorieën Literatuur  >  Literatuur algemeen
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