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Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

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Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#1 by raikyuu
» 16 Aug 2017, 22:02

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Newcomers' Accomplishments II" by A. Robert Neurath, PhD.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Newcomers' Accomplishments II is a non-fiction book that portrays the successful lives of Holocaust survivors emigrated from present-day Slovakia after 1953. The author, A. Robert Neurath, Ph.D., makes a point to remember the lives of the survivors by celebrating their professional achievements instead of pitying them. The author makes use of comprehensive research to provide us with a book full of empowering biographies.

The book starts off with a brief history of Slovakia after the Holocaust. The author talks about an ethnic cleansing that took place between 1945 to 1950, driving out about 200,000 people and ending about 30,000 lives. After that, the book proceeds with biographies of survivors who excelled professionally in literature, science, arts, and business. Images of the survivors, as well as their works, are shown in the book.

The author intends to make the book celebratory through the survivors’ achievements. This is observed in the book cover, wherein the survivors who emigrated to other countries are still a part of a progressing world even with their traumatic past. The biographies are short, but enough to illustrate the joys, the struggles, and the successes of each survivor.

By taking a closer look, the biographies are standard. Most of them follow a format that starts with the survivor’s experience during the Holocaust or the Slovak National Uprising. This follows up with the survivor’s education, usually after emigration. Afterward, the book talks about the survivor’s works and how they became famous. This common format, I believe, is an effective way to show the lives of more than a hundred people in the book. The format is easy to read, and it follows a familiar narrative of struggle to success, a narrative that is fitting in this book. The format may seem repetitive, but this is hardly a problem if the reader is presented with the unique lives of more than a hundred people.

What I like most about the book is that it understands how narratives can shape people’s reality. What’s better is that the book applies this narrative to give us an empowering account of the lives of people, especially the Holocaust survivors. Overall, Newcomers' Accomplishments II is a worthy read full of life mixed with comprehensive research. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I can recommend this book to anyone, especially to people in the Jewish community who still feel traumatized from their past. Out of all the non-fiction books that I encountered, this book is one of the few who knows the true value of good storytelling.

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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 20 Aug 2017, 07:44

I can't even imagine the atrocities of the Holocaust. I'm glad to see a book like this that celebrates the survivors. Thanks for a great review.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#3 by raikyuu
» 21 Aug 2017, 17:53

kandscreeley wrote:I can't even imagine the atrocities of the Holocaust. I'm glad to see a book like this that celebrates the survivors. Thanks for a great review.

Thank you, kandscreeley. I like the author's idea of celebrating the survivors, instead of pitying them.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#4 by The Researcher
» 22 Aug 2017, 01:07

The survivors of holocaust need a book which reflects on their achievements after survival. I think this book does the job beautifully. Thanks for sharing your views.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#5 by raikyuu
» 22 Aug 2017, 17:36

The Researcher wrote:The survivors of holocaust need a book which reflects on their achievements after survival. I think this book does the job beautifully. Thanks for sharing your views.

Thank you, the researcher. This book can also be for others who wish to explore different points of view.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#6 by Excitedreads
» 22 Aug 2017, 18:17

I'd of never thought about reading a novel that surrounds such a devastating period in world history. I'm glad that the author was able to celebrate some positivity that came out of it. I'm sure it's quite an inspirational read. Thank you for your great review.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#7 by Quinto
» 23 Aug 2017, 06:43

Thanks for a great review. I like the positivity of the novel in uplifting and reflecting encouraging biographies of survivors of one of the world`s worst atrocities against a single ethnic group. Other than for posterity, it is also a source of inspiration and promotion of dialogue in the view of preventing any such future atrocities.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#8 by raikyuu
» 23 Aug 2017, 08:40

Thank you, quinto and excitedreads. The book is also refreshing, as I haven't encountered any other books like it.
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Post Number:#9 by readandsmile
» 30 Aug 2017, 02:39

As you mention the Jews, this book makes me interested to read that book. I like your reviewer style. You've done a great review. Cheers!
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Post Number:#10 by Asamani
» 30 Aug 2017, 02:47

thanx alot. you have shown that empathy is better than sympathy
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#11 by raikyuu
» 30 Aug 2017, 04:58

Thank you, readandsmile and asamani. The book is really good to read.
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Post Number:#12 by KlareAllison
» 30 Aug 2017, 14:09

For a review of a non-fiction book like Newcomers' Accomplishments II, I consider raikyuu's piece excellently written. I always look forward to getting new insights on the Holocaust and earnestly hope reading this book will be enriching.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#13 by raikyuu
» 30 Aug 2017, 21:37

KlareAllison wrote:For a review of a non-fiction book like Newcomers' Accomplishments II, I consider raikyuu's piece excellently written. I always look forward to getting new insights on the Holocaust and earnestly hope reading this book will be enriching.

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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#14 by Papercup
» 31 Aug 2017, 05:10

I can't imagine well how the people have been through. This is a good read. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Newcomers' Accomplishments II

Post Number:#15 by raikyuu
» 31 Aug 2017, 07:29

Papercup wrote:I can't imagine well how the people have been through. This is a good read. Thanks for the review.

You're welcome, Papercup. There are a lot of literature discussing similar topics. It's easy to find any of them.
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