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Gotz and Meyer

by David Albahari

The story of one man's attempt to come to terms with the destruction of his family in the Serbian Holocaust, and to make sure that his students understand that ordinary people made it happen. Don't let the format put you off. It's written as one long paragraph, but I found that this made it seem as if the narrator was speaking directly to me and I really wanted to hear him. There's plenty of black humour too.

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Naked, they were no longer people, which had an auspicious effect on the firing squad, because it is always easier to kill people who are nothing. And besides, naked people don't run away, mostly they try to shield their genitals and stand still, finding their last defence in a feeling of shame.
Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac

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