EVA by Meyer Levin
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While Compulsion brought fame and publicity and sales to Meyer Levin, it brought also the charge of overdramatizing material too closely linked with human lives. Eva might well be rooted in human lives, but the dramatization is muted; the events in themselves have all they need of drama. From Eva's escape, with another young Jewish girl, from a Polish-Jewish community at the start of the race atrocities, through the many months of successfully absorbing another identity, to recognition, confession, Auschwitz, escape from the infamous death march, Katowitz and the Russian program of revenge, escape again-and finally, to Palestine and a home- the story carries full conviction to the reader. And Eva- as herself, as the Ukrainian peasant girl and later the Polish peasant girl, Katya, is a completely realized person, with her energy unbounded, her infinite capacity for life, her haunting fears, her deeply felt emotions of love and hate- it is all here, a character played out against the horrors of the war as experienced by the Jews of Central Europe. It is a period that should not be forgotten.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster