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The tales during this assortment happen within the Nazi focus campus, on loss of life transports, and through the final turbulent days of global warfare II. Lustig explores the very essence of humanity. His characters, in general childrens and previous humans, are ravaged via torture and loss. confronted through stipulations of utmost inhumanity and ethical nightmare, every one needs to struggle his approach ahead figuring out his specific id and destiny, salvaging a few type of internal sanity and decency. Out of this chaos, in moments of resistance and inconceivable acts of heroism, Lustig's characters detect truths in regards to the human which shine like diamonds within the evening of Nazi terror.

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