The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

Daniel Mendelsohn / Sep 22, 2019

The Lost A Search for Six of Six Million In this rich and riveting narrative a writer s search for the truth behind his family s tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic part memoir part reportage part mystery and p

  • Title: The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
  • Author: Daniel Mendelsohn
  • ISBN: 9780060542979
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer s search for the truth behind his family s tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family hauntedIn this rich and riveting narrative, a writer s search for the truth behind his family s tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest childhood Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939 and tantalized by fragmentary tales of a terrible betrayal, Daniel Mendelsohn sets out to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives fates That quest eventually takes him to a dozen countries on four continents, and forces him to confront the wrenching discrepancies between the histories we live and the stories we tell And it leads him, finally, back to the small Ukrainian town where his family s story began, and where the solution to a decades old mystery awaits him.Deftly moving between past and present, interweaving a world wandering odyssey with childhood memories of a now lost generation of immigrant Jews and provocative ruminations on biblical texts and Jewish history, The Lost transforms the story of one family into a profound, morally searching meditation on our fragile hold on the past Deeply personal, grippingly suspenseful, and beautifully written, this literary tour de force illuminates all that is lost, and found, in the passage of time.

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    1. The two teenage girls at the right in the back row in this picture are my paternal grandmother and her sister. Their parents and grandfather are in the front row. The picture was taken around 1900. A few years later, my grandmother, rebellious and politically inclined, left the small town in Poland and came, alone, to the United States. She was one of the very few members of her family to escape the Holocaust. Like many American Jews, I don't know precisely what happened to my relatives. Daniel [...]


    2. This is listed as being a “New York Times Bestseller.” One would think that I should have had my fill of Holocaust stories, but apparently not, as this one jumped into my hand at Borders even though I hadn’t known of its existence. It’s not an easy read. Mendelsohn never used one comma in a sentence where he could insert three or four. I was often lost in sentences wandering through parenthetical phrase after parenthetical phrase until I had to back up and take them out in turn in order [...]


    3. So, I just officially finished my book, The Lost, yesterday (big cheers for me!) and thought I’d let you know what I thought about itI will start with what I didn’t like. It was long (500 pages – a lot for me at this point in my life!) and as I mentioned earlier a little slow at the beginning. There was a lot of detailed discussion on various stories of the Torah which was interesting at first but by the last 50 pages I had begun skipping over to go straight to the actual storyline. Overal [...]


    4. There may just be a vertical hierarchy in our popular understanding of the Holocaust. At the top, however uneasy, are the Survivors: it is through their testimony that we know to never forget. Their is also a measure of merit in having outwitted or simply survived the minatory machinations of the Nazis. below them are the victims, particularly present when the doltish ask "why they went like sheep, why they didn’t fight back, why they didn’t heed the signs in the 1930s?" Below that mound of [...]


    5. “A toda essa distância, ao fim de todos aqueles anos e ali estava ela, sentada à mesa comigo, ali estava ele, a conversar comigo ao telefone, ali estavam eles, ali andavam eles se soubéssemos onde encontrá-los: recordando-os.” (P.167)Ester, Bronia e Schmiel Jäger


    6. The best thing I read last year. It took me many months to finish this book as I would get overwhelmed by the detail, but I always felt compelled to pick it back up after a breather and continue. This book made the holocaust real for me in a way nothing else, including the Washington D.C museum, has. Brilliant the way Mendelhsson addresses the vast scale of the holocaust while at the same time narrowing it down to individual people who are not heroes or villians, but a regular family like anyone [...]


    7. My cousin, who I have never been close to, lent me The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Millionon her recent visit to France. At the time, she had no idea how interested in this book I would be.The memoir recounts Daniel Mendelsohn’s search for information about the lives and deaths of his great uncle and his family. His journey starts with only one sure fact: his Uncle Shmiel and family were killed during the Nazi occupation of eastern Poland (now Ukraine).As a Ukraine-phile, I was particularly [...]


    8. This books takes patience and is not a quick read, but it is well worth the effort. The author makes fascinating use of the Torah to help us understand his journey into his family's past. It is a book that leaves you exhausted-- this wasn't easy to write, and I have great respect for that. The title suggests that it's about searching for the fate of 6 specific Holocaust victims, but it's about so much more than that-- memory, human nature, knowing and history, surviving after Surviving, family, [...]


    9. "Estar vivo é ter uma história para contar. Estar vivo é, precisamente, ser o herói, o centro de uma história de vida. Quando não se pode ser mais nada além de uma personagem secundária na história de alguém, isso significa que se está verdadeiramente morto." (Pág. 480)“Os Desaparecidos – À procura de seis em seis milhões” é um livro de não-ficção escrito pelo jornalista, crítico e escritor norte-americano Daniel Mendelsohn (n. 1960), editado em 2006 e que recebeu inúme [...]


    10. This book is sad and beautiful and riveting. The story itself isn't unusual since the fate of this family was the fate of many European Jews in the Holocaust. But the author pursues the story with such loving care, and the uncovering of what happened is handled almost unbearably well. I also enjoyed how the author wove in philology/etymology and biblical reference. I loved it. I cried all over it. I forced it on my mother.


    11. I've been meaning to read this book for a decade now, ever since it came out and my European history professor from college emailed me. "I highly recommend this book," he said, "if you think you can get through it. Don't push yourself; the book can wait. But it is THAT GOOD." He wasn't insinuating that I didn't have the ability to read the book, that the vocabulary would be too much for me to grasp or that I wouldn't be able to make it through six hundred pages. Instead, he was concerned about m [...]


    12. A beautifully written, evocative book. Dense, full of tangents, and telling the story of several generations across several continents.Mendelsohn is the self-appointed family historian who, after an entire childhood of listening to his grandfather's stories, decides to find out what happened to the family members who were left out - his grandfather's brother, his wife, and their four daughters, who were "killed by the Nazis". With little more to go on (when he begins his search, he was unsure ev [...]


    13. A friend of mine gave me her copy of this book, telling me I should read it because of the intimacy my own life has had in recent years to the Holocaust. My boyfriend's grandparents were both Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the US after the war. The book focuses on one man's search to find out more about 'the lost,' six members of his family (an aunt, uncle, and four cousins) who perished in the war, but no one knows exactly how. He travels to multiple countries over several years interview [...]


    14. Wow, what a moving read. This book totally reminded me of my own family history, and my own desire to re-connect with and reconstruct a world that has been almost completely lost with the generation of people who lived through the Holocaust. But this is not just another book about the Holocaust -- it's a book about the nature of memory and storytelling, about how our history determines who we are in the present and who we will become in the future. Nevertheless, I can imagine that this is not ne [...]


    15. Dare un'ultima occhiata Al termine delle sue settecento pagine, degli anni di ricerche, dei viaggi lontani, frequenti, ripetuti nel tentativo di carpire qualche brandello della storia svanita dello scomparso suo prozio, Mendelshon scrive:"Da una parte esiste l'infinita gamma di possibilità dovute al caso, al tempo, allo stato d'animo, l'inconoscibile e sterminata massa di eventi che costituiscono la vita di un individuo o di un popolo; dall'altra in questo incredibile e illimitato universo di f [...]


    16. This is one of the most excruciatingly haunting books I've ever read. It is marvelously told, the story of Daniel Mendelsohn searching for details -- specifics! -- on how six members of his family were "killed by the Nazis" during the Holocaust -- "killed by the Nazis" being about the only information he started with. This is so much more than a detective story. It's an Odyssey. Mendelsohn is a classicist by profession, and his storytelling is a loving adaption (adoption?) of Homer. But it's als [...]


    17. Just arrived from France through BM.What happened to Shmiel Jäger, his wife Ester and their four beautiful girls? Emigrants to their relatives in America, they died at the beginning of the occupation of Galicia by the Germans denounced by their good Polish. Born in 1960, Daniel Mendelsohn, nephew of Shmiel has always doubted the official version, and from his childhood, began searching for the truth. This book is both the result 'of a life of inquiry, and the story of the investigation itself.T [...]


    18. Είμαι υπερβολικός το ξέρω, αλλά είναι αριστούργημα. Πρίν 5 χρόνια όταν το χα ξαναξεκινήσει, με είχε κουράσει, και το παράτησα. Τώρα, με την δίκαιη ανακατανομή που δίνει ό χρόνος, μου δίνει το δικαίωμα να το λατρέψω. Καταρχήν σου δίνει την ψευδαίσθηση ο,τι είσαι εκεί δίπλα κι ακ [...]



    19. This is one of the most excruciatingly haunting books I've ever read. It is marvelously told, the story of Daniel Mendelsohn searching for details -- specifics! -- on how six members of his family were "killed by the Nazis" during the Holocaust -- "killed by the Nazis" being about the only information he started with. This is so much more than a detective story. It's an Odyssey. Mendelsohn is a classicist by profession, and his storytelling is a loving adaption (adoption?) of Homer. But it's als [...]


    20. An American Jew's attempt to find out via research exactly what happened to six family members who were killed in the Holocaust.Even for a Holocaust narrative, this is a particularly brutal story. It's not about the banality of evil or about people rationalizing genocide because they are only signing a paper rather than looking someone in the eye and killing them with their own hands. It's about ordinary people given permission to personally commit horrific acts of violence against people they'v [...]


    21. This combination memoir and report describes the author's attempt to discover what happened to his great-uncle and -aunt and their four daughters, who died in Poland in the Holocaust, and about whom very little was known (or at least spoken, until those who knew had died and it was too late to ask). Mendelsohn writes in a kind of Russian-dolls style, with narratives buried within narratives buried within other narratives, allowing his associations to carry him to one place and another. This is n [...]


    22. Reading this book was an utterly absorbing experience for me, and I recommend it highly. It's engrossing and personal and kept me fully engaged for several weeks. The narrative alone would be enough to make a good book; how the author used a few scant facts & clues from family stories plus a lot of careful investigation, to reconstruct the final days and months of his great-uncle and family in a then-Polish village. The father, a butcher, his four daughters and wife all were "lost" in the Ho [...]


    23. This is a compelling book. Mendelsohn keeps the focus on the search as opposed to disgressing to talk about himself as many writer in similar books do. Mendelsohn also does not talk down to the reader. At first, I was put off a little by the sections that dealt with commentary about The Torah. I felt, at first, that it got in the way of the story. Then I realized how cleverly Mendelsohn was tying it into the story, and sometimes it provided much needed relief from some of the horror. Mendelsohn [...]


    24. Everything a great nonfiction book should be: engaging, smart, beautifully written and deeply meaningful.


    25. Non so se Daniel Mendelsohn scriverà un altro libro. Sicuramente non scriverà un altro libro così: così intenso, così coinvolgente, così pacatamente terribile. Così bello. Medelsohn è un ebreo-americano di terza generazione. Fu il nonno ad emigrare negli USA prima che il terrore nazista si scatenasse sugli ebrei polacchi. Un ramo della famiglia (il fratello di quel nonno, con la moglie e le figlie) rimase nella Galizia polacca. E se ne persero le tracce. L’autore, di fronte a poche vec [...]


    26. I would have given this 5 stars if only the author had used quotation marks!Did the author think he's above quote marks, or did his editors talk him into this fiasco because it’s the latest "cool" trend? This stupid trend leads to complete reader confusion. The author is searching for information about his six relatives who were killed in the Holocaust. He travels to Poland, Australia, and Sweden to interview elderly Holocaust survivors. It’s utterly engrossing…until he begins relating the [...]


    27. This was a truly remarkable story of a search undertaken to find out about the lives of six family members killed during the Holocaust. It was an exhaustive search taking the author into Poland, Israel, Denmark, and Sweden trying to piece together what constituted his family and who really were these cousins and aunt and uncle of his. It was reverting on many levels and gave the reader the insight into how the Nazis not only killed these people but took away their identities. It was as if they n [...]


    28. I read this twice in the last year. It has an interesting juxtaposition of biblical and philosophical argumentation with the author's experiences seeking information about his relatives who were lost in the holocaust in Poland. Thus, I learned a lot about Jewish culture and thought while I read, as well as being able to relate to the search. I particularly thought of this book in the summer of 2012, when my brother and I found the grave marker of a relative in a tiny, ancient cemetery in the Cze [...]


    29. Both intricate and precise, intimate and broad-ranging, with layers underneath layers, a major accomplishment. Early on I was irked by the use of repetition and circularity but was richly rewarded once I had acclimated to the nonlinear loops of thought and exploration--which is not to say the book feels in any way disorderly or disorienting. The writer is a meticulous guide through the rigors and pathos of his search. The meta-textual analysis of Torah passages, which punctuates the chapters, wa [...]


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