Though the author survived two years in Auschwitz, the memories of the horrors he experienced gripped him mercilessly for years until he found relief through psychotherapy. This book is the author's unforgettable memoir of that experience....
|Title||:||Shivitti: A Vision|
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Shivitti: A Vision Reviews
Yehiel De-Nur is one of the most interesting Holocaust survivors out there. For the past 30 years, every single night since after the war, he wakes up screaming in a bath of his own sweat terrorized by the memories of the past. Every single night he is afraid of going to bed, closing his eyes and facing the certain nightmares that will visit him during his sleep. He has written numerous of Holocaust related books (for example House Of Dolls and Salamandra) but curiously enough, despite having survived Auschwitz and being a firsthand witness to the Holocaust, all his books are written in third person. He can't write about the Holocaust in first person, Kaa-tzentik the author and De-Nur the holocaust survivor are two different people to him.For the past 30 years he has never revealed his tattooed arm in public. No matter the weather, he always wears a long shirt to hide the blue numbers on his arm. In fact he doesn't even know the number, to do so would mean having to look at it. Something he hasn't been able to bring himself to do since after the war.De-Nur was a witness during the post-war Nazi trials, they had barely managed to ask him a few basic questions on Auschwitz before his body went into paralysis and he had to be rushed to the hospital.In short, he is completely unable to confront his horrors on a personal level even though he can write about them in third-person all day long. No matter what he reads, writes and says he can never get rid of the terrible intense nightmares. As a sort of a last resort De-Nur turns to the well known Dr. Jan Bastiaans, an expert in treating people with 'Camp Syndrome'. Bastiaans administrates LSD to De-Nur on five occasions and guides/oversees the journey back to the death camps.I don't really consider this is a pure Holocaust book. The most interesting aspect of it is seeing a man journeying to the absolutely most dark and far out places of his own mind. Confront the things he has been burying deeper and deeper for the past 30 years and finally finding a way to express himself.
My father gave me this book years ago and I had no idea what it was about. He scours the B&N clearance rack regularly. I recently went through a phase (after reading Maus) in which I read any Holocaust literature I could get my hands on. The author is famous for writing House of Dolls, which is a graphic account of his "sister" and her experience in the "Joy Division" of Auschwitz, which is the forced prostitution ward. Apparently it's unclear whether or not he actually had a sister, but the novel was taken as truth for a long time and is still taught in Israeli schools. ANYWAY. That book is extremely hard to find, and costs upwards of $60 online...so I was bummed. Then the author's name struck a memory chord and I ransacked my bookshelf until I found Shivitti.This is a tough one to review. It's not a linear tale and it's difficult to read sometimes. The author recounts his experience using LSD in an experimental and guided way to help clear himself of his residual trauma stemming from spending two YEARS in Auschwitz. I've read descriptions of LSD trips before, Jim Carroll does it beautifully...but this book got long-winded at times and if the passages weren't so catastrophically painful, I might have been bored. The author is known for being highly sensitive. He was called to testify at the trial of Adolf Eichmann-he famously passed out on the stand and couldn't go through with it. That being said, I think the primary merit of this book, and it's not really one to be taken lightly, is its ability to really get you inside of the head of this lingering trauma. The author's mission is to basically relive the Holocaust, to let his mind be transported back so he can glean knowledge from what he has experienced and hopefully conquer his memories. I have tried LSD before and it terrifies me to even think about reliving a painful breakup, so I can't even imagine the fear he must have felt preparing to relive Auschwitz. It described certain things that happened to the author, and ways that he is still affected by the past, but his words drip with that mental and emotional sensitivity that transmit into everything he does. It was affecting, to say the least. I can't say that this novel should be mandatory reading, but it did what it set out to do, and it really got under my skin.Ka-tzetnik 135633 was his concentration camp number.
One of the most painful, nightmarish books I have ever read— and one of the best. Leave off any prejudices you may or may not have about subjects like LSD therapy. Embrace instead the story of a human being, trapped in the worst horrors of Auschwitz, unable to leave them behind for thirty years after his body has been rescued, and the courageous and terrible work that he did to finally free himself. If you have an interest in the holocaust, or an interest in psychology, you should read this book. If you are interests in both, you have absolutely no choice but to read it.
"Gli anni inferno durano più a lungo degli anni luce." (p. 12)
no, not an other memoir of the holocaust, this really punches you in your heart and soul.when in our days, a fool raises and pretends it didnt happened while making a bomb to erase whats left of the Jewish people, it's a good time to remember and understand what's at stake.
Very thought-provoking. Not a historical work, per se, but of historical significance. More about consciousness and recovery than anything.