My review today is of the Holocaust memoir, Wolf: A Story of Hate by Zeev and Ella Scheinwald. Many thanks to Amsterdam Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The true story of a young Jewish man imprisoned in corporate-owned labour camps during WWII.
His name is Wolf.
He was caught up in the most vicious and disgraceful mass slaughter of people in history.
His experiences during the Holocaust are relevant today, resonating with decent human beings who are concerned about morally corrupt leaders and their admiring masses, which, together with self-serving corporations, can orchestrate tragedies against their own populations.
Imagine Wolf’s story was your story. The story of your child, parent, friend, loved one. How would you cope knowing you are hostage to a government and manufacturing firms rallying to destroy you?
Millions fell victim to political extremism and corporate greed and indifference. Alliances between political fanaticism and financial interests can quickly plunge societies into an abyss of exploitation and genocide. These alliances, if left unchecked, can once again create well-oiled machines of human destruction, where governments, corporations, and followers choose hate over kindness, murder over empathy, torture over love.
This is where hate led humanity, and where it can take us again if we are not vigilant.
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.’
Pastor Martin Niemöller
This is probably one of the most challenging reviews I have ever had to write. Wolf: A Story of Hate is not a book that you can say that you enjoyed reading because to do so would belittle the experiences of those who lived and died during the Holocaust. As the title suggests, this is a book filled with hatred, and Zeev Scheinwald’s anger makes it a difficult book to read, painful at times, but overwhelmingly powerful.
Over the years, I have read numerous books about the Holocaust, visited Auschwitz and Yad Vashem, and I thought I knew what to expect with this book, but I was wrong. Before reading Wolf: A Story of Hate, I had never even heard of the corporate owned forced labour camps and the horrors within. Even knowing what I did about the other camps, the brutality of the corporate camps shocked me.
Zeev Scheinwald remained angry throughout his life, not just with his tormentors, but with everyone who stood by and, in his eyes, did little or nothing to help those being persecuted.
Wolf: A Story of Hate is a brutally honest account of an event in our recent history that no amount of reading or visits to museums and memorials will ever be truly comprehensible to someone who didn’t live through it.