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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

‘The Reader’ by Bernhard Schlink tells the story of fifteen year old Michael Berg who has an intense affair with a much older woman, Hanna Schmitz.  Years later, Michael discovers that Hanna, who was an SS guard at Auschwitz, is being prosecuted for war crimes after World War II.  Michael, now a law student, watches her trial and tries to come to terms with the collective guilt surrounding Germany’s past.  Continue reading

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