“A moving act of absolution This strong novel about a girl who is debased but never destroyed pushes the reader to a new level of understanding of the. Lovely Green Eyes by Arnost Lustig. Fifteen-year-old Hanka Kaudersová has ginger hair and clear, green eyes. When her famil. Rebecca Newman reviews Lovely Green Eyes by Arnost Lustig and War Story by Gwen Edelman.

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When the doctor is sent to the front in disgrace, Skinny is afraid that she too will be sent to the gas chambers, so joins a group of Aryan girls in the doctor’s office who are being vetted for their suitability to work in a field brothel, rather than in the camp.

They emerged from the darkness, phantoms of the night, enfolded in a kind of unknowing. Twitter Facebook Flattr Email Google.

InLustig became the eighth recipient of the Franz Kafka Prize. It seemed to me the perspective changed without warning and I had to go back just to make sure I hadn’t skipped something important. In making her choice to continue the fight to live, Skinny faces new horrors at the brothel and struggles with the inherent “wrong or rightness” of her decision.

After all, as the dust jacket tells us, he, too, was a prisoner at Terezin, at Auschwitz, and lastly at Buchenwald. As the Colonel describes some of the things he has done and witnessed during the war, her calmness in the face of such horror is truly admirable.

But there was so much to the book…. He forces Skinny to take his gun and point it at him and then orders her to fire. WWII and Holocaust history has always both interested and horrified me. Her mother, father, and younger brother lstig sent to the gas chamber geren skinny survives by claiming to be 18 and by chance being sent to an SS brothel behind the eastern front where her Aryan looks allowed her to disguise the fact she was Jewish.


Many of the girls in the field brothels were executed or simply shipped to death when the Nazis decided they had no more use for them or when they had offended their captors.

The story has so many beautiful passages and images, though, that it’s enough to carry you through the scariness and the sadness of the book. Facing the proposition of being sent arost the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, she finds her way into a group of girls being considered for the brothel and is selected for a job that leaves her questioning everything she knows.

I found it much easier to read Holocaust literature when I was going to teach it, though. There is also transcending hope.

A captured enemy division turned into ashes like those vermin at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek. The following version of this book was used to create arnpst study guide: Whilst I didn’t enjoy the writing style of the book and found the story horribly depressing, it is one that will be hard to forget in a hurry.

They are each a part of the vast and frightening Nazi machine, yet Lustig renders each so carefully, gives each a unique and complicated identity, they become one of the many faces of the war.

A town consumed by flames. Primo Levi believed that his writing on arnosg Holocaust was not only a “moral duty [but also] a psychological need”.

Arnost Lustig – Lovely Green Eyes – Michelle Bailat-Jones

Jan 15, Alan rated it it was amazing Shelves: That’s him quoted at the start of this review. She watches thousands as they are marched from the train to the gas chambers, and joins the remainder, who must grind the bones of the dead to make fertiliser, or attend the sick bay to be used in scientific experiments – all the time breathing air thick with ashes.

More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Lovely Green Eyes: Upon arrival at Auschwitz Hanka adds three years to her age, thus when the requirement is for girls eighteen years or older and not Jewish and she is the last to be interviewed and accepted. Like unintelligible messages, vague prophecies. One day she witnesses a German doctor transplant “a large patch of skin from a Jewish subhuman” in an urgent operation on an SS officer. He would never forget that night, the scent of resin, the silence of those they shot one by one or in groups.


Before falling asleep he relived the operation, the shots ringing in his ears – volleys, single shots – the orchestra of machine guns.

It’s beautifully afnost, but is an incredibly intense description of sexual brutality during the holocaust.

Lovely Green Eyes

A few days later he sends her a basket of contraband food. More detail about their love and marriage would have been wonderful, but I am being greedy.

This novel also raises philosophical questions in r A rather dark novel with a plausible plot. Read more from the Study Guide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He rubbed his eyes. She studies the animals that come from the forest — wolves who attack a body that has been executed by the firing squad, birds that pick at dead rats — and then follows with descriptions of the German military, with an emotionless observant tone: I had a hard time recognizing who was telling the story. A Novel from BookRags. This means that she spends the entire day with the officer and therefore has some respite.

They were all liars. The soldiers ordered them to strip naked. It would be boring if it was not also exalted. This is a warning on this book.