I don't really know what to say about this "novel". What parts are true story and what parts are fiction? I have read many accounts of Holocaust survivors but I have never encountered a story like this one. It's more like a young couple goes to summer camp and then a few bad things happen but they are more lucky than anyone else in the world, fall in love and a happy ending ensues. I believe that most camp survivors walked away with nothing, less than nothing even, but this Tattooweirer walked away with his pockets full of diamonds and rubies and used the jewels confiscated from the dead to restart his life. No wonder he changed his name. The writing just doesn't convey the gravity and horror of the reality.