Yesterday I read the book Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. It is another argument for peace and love. The book is touching because it is well-written and also because the author was killed at Auschwitz in 1942, and yet, this book contains love, understanding and even praise for Germans as individuals. She is a careful observer and creator, and it is amazing to read her words knowing that shortly after writing them she was taken away and killed. She is pretty scathing on the "inert" response of the French, and those who continued to live in luxury, one of whom was her mother who lived in comfort in Nice. She probably could have escaped, but she stayed and it was the French police who arrested her and handed her over to the SS. She made no attempt to cooperate with the Nazis, and was aware of and prepared for her capture and death.
She was a successful novelist living and writing in Paris when the Germans came. This novel is about that time period. Her daughters only recently discovered the papers left to them were a novel and not some scribbled journal notes, so this book has recently come to light. Irene is an astute observer of people, and once again, we see that when people are put together and allowed honest consideration and time to commune and share, there is love. The problem seems to be with those who, unable to love, seize power, and create systems to destruct. This is another must-read book.