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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
This book is hard to read as it details the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. It is difficult in modern society to comprehend the absolute inhumanity committed by the Nazis on the Jews, Poles, Roma, Russians, etc. However, Sabine’s Odyssey by Agnes Schipper should be a must-read. We must never forget the depraved evil of the death camps. People from at least nineteen nations were ruthlessly killed at Mauthausen. Agnes’ mother, Sabine, and her grandparents survived the war because they were hidden from the Nazis. Sabine was hidden in nine separate places in the Netherlands between 1942 and 1945. Unfortunately, Sabine’s only sibling, Andreas Fröhlich, was killed in Mauthausen. Reading this book will open your eyes to the horrors of World War II, especially for the Jews, which occurred first in Germany, then in the Netherlands.
Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Agnes Schipper wants to be sure that the horrors of antisemitism and the Holocaust will never be forgotten or repeated. Sabine’s Odyssey begins with the reality of man’s inhumanity to man. It then flashes back to Sabine’s time before World War II. Before the Nazis came to power, Sabine and her brother lived a charmed life. Their father was a decorated veteran of Prussia during World War I. Even though they did not practice Judaism, the Nazis saw them as Jews. This concise book covers what led up to World War II and how it affected assimilated Jews, non-assimilated Jews, and Europe as a whole. Then Sabine’sexperiences of hiding from the Nazis during the war are detailed. You will thrill at the intrigue and danger that lurked everywhere and from almost everyone. This book will keep your interest.