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All the Horrors of War follows Glyn Hughes, a high-ranking British officer, and Rachel Genuth, a teenager from the Hungarian provinces, as they navigate their respective forms of hell during the final, brutal year of World War II. Their stories converge before the war’s end, in Bergen-Belsen, where Hughes finds himself responsible for an unprecedented situation: 25,000 of 60,000 war-ravaged inmates are in need of immediate hospitalization. Rachel is among those at death’s door. Their narratives tell a larger story—about the suffering of the victims and the struggles of liberators who strove to save lives, about the human capacity for fortitude and redemption.
Dr. Bernice Lerner, the author of All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, is the former dean of adult learning at Hebrew College and a senior scholar at Boston University's Center for Character and Social Responsibility.