Biographies / Autobiorgaphies · Non-Fiction.

But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridian-Ivens

“I lived because you wanted me to live,”


This book is quite short and could likely be read in one sitting. It is told in the form of the author writing a letter to her father who perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

This isnt as sentimental as I expected it to be. Yes, it is a sad book to read but the author reflects on the personal aftermath of her existence in the camp as well as her memories of her father.

While not peerless it is yet another addition to the bank of literature about World War II. The author also reflects on a post war society and its changes for the worse as evidently hate and violence have not gone away in the years since the war.

I’m glad I picked this book up from Waterstones. It is a very profound book and well worth reading if you can get your hands on a copy.

MY RATING: **** / *****

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