Jews in the Netherlands suffered catastrophically during the Holocaust. Can the diaries of their neighbors help explain their fate?
So much here...the line from the Crosby, Still, Nash (and young?) song “our house” that includes “me placing flowers in the vase that I bought today” has always made me think of a life without worries (not that that exists) not just flowers in a vase but one that they bought today. Eating cherries might be my new vase. The idea of history forward and also your point about diaries showing exemplary lives are things that will stick with me!
I read Caro’s volume 1 when it first came out. It’s a fascinating book and the best one, in my opinion. Since you’re reading Volume 1 you might want to peruse his most recent one, Working. It has some great stories about his trips to Texas. Volume 2 is interesting but he was criticized for making LBJ’s opponent the “hero” of the book. I haven’t finished volume 3.