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'The Good Listener. Helen Bamber: A Life Against Cruelty' - Neil Belton

Weidenfield & Nicolson 1998, hardcover, 374 pp. very good condition.

'Since she went to Belsen in 1945, to work with survivors of the camp at the age of nineteen, Helen Bamber's life has been devoted to working with people who have suffered the most appalling physical and psychological damage at the hands of others. From survivors of the holocaust (including her own husband) and of the Burma railroad, through the victims of South African, Argentinian, Iraqi, Iranian and Israeli regimes, she has fought for and worked to heal those who have suffered at the hands of political and military torturers.

Neil Belton will use her story as the basis to examine the extraordinary resurrection of torture as an instrument of political power in our century, the experiences of sufferers, in a book that will be both a powerful and harrowing examination of the darkest sides of humanity, and of the character of one extraordinary, good and complex human being. This will be a remarkable and important book.

When Helen Bamber was a little girl growing up in 1930s England, her father read her sections of Mein Kampf to inure her to the evil in the world. In 1945, at the age of 19, she travelled to the former concentration camp at Belsen to help with the physical and psychological recovery of Holocaust survivors. "Above all else", she said, "there was the need to tell you everything, over and over and over again. And this was the most significant thing for me, realising that you had to take it all." Later in life, she became active in Amnesty International and in 1985 she founded the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture--an organisation whose name, in the words of her biographer Neil Belton, "says more than most of us wish to hear." Her remarkable life and her noble cause is now the subject of The Good Listener.'

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