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The Question (ID Number 689)...
While reading After Dachau I began to wonder how the novel related to the stories of Ishmael as I'd heard it was a distant cousin of the trilogy. Eventually I gave up and just enjoyed the story. But, about a day after I finished, I realized that After Dachau was a long form, detailed example of how easily the Great Forgetting talked about in the trilogy could have come to be. Was this one of the intentions of the story, or am I reading too much into it. Alternatively, am I just dense in believing my discovery to be a revelation as opposed to an obvious conclusion.
...and the response:
You read my intentions correctly. I suspect that many (or perhaps even most) readers failed to make the connection.
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