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Gordon describes the invasion of Kovno by the Soviets, and the later German takeover. He writes about the daily life of the working brigades, the ghetto bureaucracy, resistance fighters, and the horrors of Auschwitz and Dachau. Gordon says that the barbarities of the Holocaust were perpetrated not only by Germans, but also by Lithuanian nationals and rebel Ukranians.


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Gordon describes the invasion of Kovno by the Soviets, and the later German takeover. He writes about the daily life of the working brigades, the ghetto bureaucracy, resistance fighters, and the horrors of Auschwitz and Dachau. Gordon says that the barbarities of the Holocaust were perpetrated not only by Germans, but also by Lithuanian nationals and rebel Ukranians.

36 review for The Shadow of Death: The Holocaust in Lithuania

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Pauli

    I met Harry Gordon several times. He was one of the 'in-laws' at the family functions of an old boyfriend. I knew nothing of his history as a holocaust survivor, and would not have guessed it, either---he seemed to be a happy man, always smiling, surrounded by his son's loving family. Years later, when I read his obituary and saw that he'd written this book, I regretted my ignorance of his history and I felt obliged to read it as my way to honor this man posthumously. I am so glad I did. That Ha I met Harry Gordon several times. He was one of the 'in-laws' at the family functions of an old boyfriend. I knew nothing of his history as a holocaust survivor, and would not have guessed it, either---he seemed to be a happy man, always smiling, surrounded by his son's loving family. Years later, when I read his obituary and saw that he'd written this book, I regretted my ignorance of his history and I felt obliged to read it as my way to honor this man posthumously. I am so glad I did. That Harry Gordon survived this terrible ordeal and then was able to live and die in peace gives me great comfort.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Beck

    I knew Harry Gordon as a funny older gentleman that would visit my hometown of Marshall, WI, collecting scrap and visiting with the locals. I vividly remember him showing me his concentration camp tattoo and telling me his story. He was proud to tell you of his survival and I’m grateful I met a man like him at such a young age. The way he plainly tells his story of survival, I feel, was more poignant than if it had been dramatized. This book is a game changer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hagen

    The Shadow of Death: the Holocaust in Lithuania, by Harry Gordon, Narrated by Adam Behr, Produced by the Dayton Street Productions Inc., Downloaded from audible.com. The war apparently didn’t really hit Lithuania, with regard to rounding up Jews, until around 1944. This is because the Germans prior tothat time were busy fighting Russia. But in 1944, toward the end of the war, the Russians came to take back Lithuania and other Balchan countries. The people living there in the Jewish ghettoes were The Shadow of Death: the Holocaust in Lithuania, by Harry Gordon, Narrated by Adam Behr, Produced by the Dayton Street Productions Inc., Downloaded from audible.com. The war apparently didn’t really hit Lithuania, with regard to rounding up Jews, until around 1944. This is because the Germans prior tothat time were busy fighting Russia. But in 1944, toward the end of the war, the Russians came to take back Lithuania and other Balchan countries. The people living there in the Jewish ghettoes were caught between the Russians and the Germans, still fighting each otherand neither liking Jews much. But their worst enemies werethe Lithuanians who informed on neighbors, moved into the houses and businesses of Jews and displaced them, and in many ways acted no differently than the Nazis. The only difference seemed to be that some of the Lithuanian farmers and peasants hated the Lithuanian elite and sometimes helped the Jews. As a boy, he was active in the resistance, sneaking out of the ghetto, taking off his star, acting like a Lithuanian and bringing home food to his family. Many of the eastern European countries treated their Jewish citizens no differently than the Nazis did during that time. This is yet another book about a Holocaust survivor. Very good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Audra

    This is the memoir of the Holocaust told through the eyes of a Jewish boy growing up in Lithuania. What I found most poignant in this autobiographical work is its simplicity: the language was straightforward, devoid of over-dramatization or excessive emotion. Its plain language and retelling of the facts - the struggle to find ones loved ones, to find food, to avoid death - made it that much more powerful. The parts I found most touching were those simple acts of humanity of some people, be they This is the memoir of the Holocaust told through the eyes of a Jewish boy growing up in Lithuania. What I found most poignant in this autobiographical work is its simplicity: the language was straightforward, devoid of over-dramatization or excessive emotion. Its plain language and retelling of the facts - the struggle to find ones loved ones, to find food, to avoid death - made it that much more powerful. The parts I found most touching were those simple acts of humanity of some people, be they friends or strangers, who despite the horror of what was happening and the risk involved, decided to help in whatever way possible. The consequence of these gestures often meant the difference between life and death for the author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Hayes

    Reminded me of other Holocaust narratives, yet lacked something. It felt like "someone else's experiences".

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  12. 5 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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