The Lost: A Search For Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn

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As a boy, Daniel Mendelsohn was fascinated by his maternal grandfather’s stories and compelled by the mysterious absence of the single great-uncle (of seven siblings) who was “killed by the Nazis” along with his wife and four daughters. As an adult, the author doggedly pursued the truth about what happened to these “six of six million” in an attempt to know who they were as individuals caught up in the larger holocaust of history. His journey takes him around the globe over a period of years, seeking out survivors from the small Ukrainian town where his Jewish ancestors had lived, worked and thrived for three hundred years before World War II. He followed leads to dead ends and eerie coincidences, listened to eyewitness accounts and thirdhand gossip, and created from these a richly layered, beautifully written book about memory, family, moral choices, scripture, and storytelling itself. Check Our Catalog

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