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Daniel Mendelsohn

History, Memory, and Daniel Mendelsohn’s THE LOST

I was going to blog about something quite different today, but I ended up spending most of the day absorbed in a book: The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn’s 2006 account of his search for the fate of six of his relatives who died in the Holocaust.  I was about two-hundred-pages away from finishing it this morning, and I just couldn’t put it down to do anything else until I was done. I’m teaching The Lost, for the first time, in my colloquium on the history and memory of World War II since 1945 this coming semester. And the great pleasure I Read more