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War and Remembrance is a novel by Herman Wouk, published in October as the sequel According to his notations and commentary of Roon's book, Henry retired as a Vice Admiral. However, there is no mention as to whether he was. War and Remembrance book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. These two classic works capture the tide of world events even. A few months ago I decided to reread Herman Wouk's two novels about WW2 - " The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance" - and see if they'd held up in.
Thank you! There was a problem adding your email address. Again Wouk's inbred cast of characters is programmed to be at all the right places and represent all the big issues. Pug's wife back home has a lover who's working on the A-bomb. Son Warren is a dive-bomber pilot killed at Midway.
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Email Address. Again Wouk's inbred cast of characters is programmed to be at all the right places and represent all the big issues.
Pug's wife back home has a lover who's working on the A-bomb. Son Warren is a dive-bomber pilot killed at Midway. And son Byron is a submarine diving officer whose Jewish wife Natalie is stuck in Italy with her author uncle; they will almost escape many times before being brutalized by Eichmann in concentration camps, thus rediscovering their Jewishness.
Meanwhile, Natalie's old Polish cousin Berel is escaping from Auschwitz with filmed evidence of atrocities, and Natalie's old flame, diplomat Leslie Slote, is trying to convince the complacent Allies that there really is a holocaust going on in Europe. Very familiar materials, arranged far too neatly; but Wouk is a gifted enough storyteller and dialogue-writer to make each personal sequence--from sub warfare to concentration-camp horrors--flicker with momentary vitality.
Unfortunately, however, these sequences are separated by pages and pages of debate "on the whole, the analogy between Auschwitz and Oak Ridge seems forced" and barely digested history, mostly military from both German and Allied points of view. Take Rhoda, for instance. She is a little frivolous, easily distracted, occupied more by her private life than by politics.
In other words, she is a lot like many of us. This feels sadly right to me, the way someone with good intentions, someone not consciously monstrous, becomes nonetheless inured to cruelty and injustice in a context in which these evils are normalized. This is also the way we tend to feed our self-esteem but accomplish nothing, by railing against an injustice from a position of personal safety. Just as unsettling is the response of a Jewish character, Aaron Jastrow, a prominent American author living in Italy.
Being Jewish, I mean. Well, we survived 17 centuries of that. We have a lot of wisdom and doctrine for coping with it. Wouk is getting at something deeper: a tendency of supposedly sophisticated people to dismiss the possibility of cataclysm.
He is assigned to investigate the technical details of captured German U-boats and leaves for Europe to join his wife, now recovering in a hospital, and to find his son, Louis.
After a long search throughout Europe, Byron reunites with Louis, who was in an orphanage, only to find Louis is so traumatized he will not talk. However, when he reunites Louis with Natalie, Louis begins to sing with her. The reunion occurs on August 6, , the date of the first use of the atomic bomb in warfare.
Janice Henry — The wife of Warren Henry. After the death of Aster she disappears from the miniseries; in the book she is given a few sentences more. Janice ends up with a politician. Because he, his niece Natalie, and Natalie's son Louis are Jewish, the Italian government will not give them visas while making paper-thin excuses.
Still, it appears safe for the three at Jastrow's villa, so they are unwilling to try the illegal and perilous sea voyage to Palestine.
Then Jastrow meets a former student, Werner Beck, now in the German diplomatic corps. Beck initially pretends sympathy and friendliness so he can solicit Jastrow in broadcasting Axis propaganda. But after the Allied landings in Africa in November , Germany occupies Vichy and closes the borders. Natalie, Louis and other trapped Americans are sent by the Vichy government to a purported diplomatic exchange camp in Baden Baden, Germany.
As more excuses are made for their detainment, Jastrow is tricked into staying behind, and the three are sent to Theresienstadt. Adolf Eichmann has Jastrow savagely beaten after he refuses to join the so-called "Council of Elders". Jastrow acquiesces and takes a major role in the beautification , a Potemkin village to convince the Danish Red Cross that conditions are excellent in the "Paradise Camp.
The Council members thought that as "prominents" they would be spared, but all were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Jastrow's body is cremated with millions of other Jews, but despite the degradation of his body, his soul was rekindled with what it means to be a Jew.
He leaves behind a diary , A Jew's Journey, which is quoted throughout the book. Berel Jastrow — Berel, Aaron's cousin, is captured with the Red Army in and sent to Auschwitz as a prisoner of war. He is transferred to a work kommando led by a Jew named Sammy Mutterperl, and the two participate in the construction of the Birkenau section of Auschwitz.
Mutterperl himself is planning to escape with evidence of the murder of the Jews at Auschwitz. The kommando's task is to cover up the early massacres of Jews, and to insure that Germany benefits from any items of value the victims were carrying during the early, "crude" killings; their actions involve digging up the corpses, searching them, then burning all traces of the bodies.
After the horrors of endless exhuming of the dead, and cremating the half-decayed corpses, Sammy loses his mind, grabs a weapon and kills five German guards while they wait on a train platform, before the remaining guards kill him. Berel, shortly after, escapes and joins the Czech underground in Prague. He slips into Theresienstadt when he learns that his cousin Aaron and his niece Natalie are there, and later helps them get Louis Henry out of the camp.
In the mini-series, Berel dies during a massacre as covers Louis to protect him from the bullets. In the book, there is no definite description as to how Berel dies. At the end of the book, there is a suggestion that he is killed while coming to retrieve Louis Henry from the Czech farmer he originally hid him with. Berel is the moral center of War and Remembrance.
He bears witness to the worst acts of the Nazis, while still managing to maintain his deep Jewish faith and his love for his fellow men. Natalie Jastrow Henry — along with her son and uncle, travels through various routes across Europe, trying to get home while evading the German government. She refuses a chance to escape with Byron to Lisbon if caught she and Louis would be sent immediately to a concentration camp , then ends up in Theresienstadt.
She becomes a member of the Zionist underground, and only when threatened with the cruel murder of Louis does she agree to take part in a beautification for the benefit of Red Cross inspectors. Another uncle, Berel Jastrow, enables Louis to get out of the ghetto. Natalie is sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in the same transport as her uncle, but survives and is sent to recover in a U. She and Byron reunite, and Byron then locates Louis and brings him to Natalie as the book ends.
In the book it implies that Natalie and Louis, when she is well enough to travel, will return to the United States to live. In the mini-series it is not so clear-cut and in fact Avram Rabinovitz, an adamant Zionist who in the book pushed hard in most conversations for Natalie to bring Louis and live in Palestine either with or without Byron, tells Byron that Natalie was talking about moving to Palestine.
Embassy in Switzerland. He receives a photographed copy of the Protocol for the Wannsee Conference from a German opponent of Hitler. Slote devotes himself to trying to prove to the American government what the Nazis are doing to the Jews but his superiors refuse to believe it, both on logistics and the idea any civilization could do something so monstrous. He parachutes into France to help the resistance. He later inflitrates the German-held port of St Nazaire , but is betrayed and killed. Hugh Cleveland — Popular radio personality.
Madeline Henry has become his personal assistant and, more recently, his lover by the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. He disappears from the novel and the miniseries shortly after the Battle of Midway, Madeline finally leaving him when she becomes convinced he will never divorce his wife.
He also shows a pro-Soviet bias in the book and the miniseries which he did not in the first book or the first miniseries.