Learn how and when to remove this template message Natzweiler-Struthof Camp entrance behind, the Monument to the Departed In , Pahor was drafted into the Italian army and sent to fight in Libya. In , he was transferred to Lombardy , where he worked as a military translator. At the same time, he enrolled at the University of Padua , where he studied Italian literature. After the Italian armistice in September , he returned to Trieste, which had already fallen under Nazi occupation. After a few weeks in the German-occupied city, he decided to join the Slovene Partisans active in the Slovenian Littoral.
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Apr 27, Josh Caporale rated it really liked it 4. By the Second World War, Pahor was fighting for the Italians, but would then join an alliance with his fellow Slovenians to revolt against Nazism, which would eventually lead them to being arrested and placed in concentration camps.
Pahor is a Holocaust 4. Pahor is a Holocaust survivor, one that feels as if he needs to tell his story. He needs people to know about these camps were like, but he also needs people to know about the people that never made it out of these camps, and he is correct. Millions of Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust on the basis of what they believed and who they were, but Pahor reminds us that another million people that fought against Nazism that were not Jewish were killed as well.
This book is a testament of what these people went through and how we begin to realize that there was so much about the Holocaust and the concentration camps that we do not know. In an even deeper kind of way, there are things about the Holocaust that we will never know or more than likely never feel.
Pahor does his very best to put us in the moment. Necropolis takes a different approach than many of the Holocaust memoirs I have read. In many cases, these memoirs are written in the sequence in which they happened. All of these are written in chronological order. Boris Pahor, on the other hand, recalls different moments from his past as he is visiting a camp in the Vosges Mountains. While guests are viewing this as a tourist attraction, Pahor senses a great sense of detachment among these people.
What he sees are flashbacks of the horrific events that took place. He recalls the frailty of his fellow prisoners, the terrible stench of excrement, the dead bodies, and just the mentality of fighting to survive.
When one is facing death straight in the face and is seeing people surrounding them hopelessly die and on a routine basis, what can someone that has not been in such a situation feel?
There are so many things that Boris Pahor brings into account that are enlightening and powerful and he does a heck of a job in giving us an idea of what he and his fellow men had to go through. As I am writing this review, Boris Pahor is still alive at the age of He still remains a powerful voice in political affairs and has spent his life as a voice for those that were left unable to speak. This most recent English translations by Michael Biggins that was released by Dalkey Archive in gave this even more recognition.
Hopefully with this review, I can give this book the attention that it deserves, for this is someone that has spent their life fighting for their fellow Slovenians and for what he believed.
At the end of his Dalkey Archive forward to this memoir, Boris Pahor expresses how much he hopes that younger readers will pick this up and read this.
Younger readers, fellow millennials, and anyone else that wants to develop a greater understanding of such a tragic and unfathomable time in history, I beseech that you look into Boris Pahor and Necropolis.