The evolution of Auschwitz
In 1940 Jakub, a sixteen year old boy, flees to Poland escaping the war torn, newly established Slovakia and the disappointment he visited of his parents. Later, through mass arrests, he is sent to a small, insignificant labor camp called Auschwitz.
In his time as a prisoner Jakup witnesses the campís transformation from one of modest cruelty to the most evil place on earth. As the campís decline into depravity gradually escalates he comes to realize that the degradation which permeates Auschwitz mirrors his own decent into evil.
A small cottage made of red brick was the first successful instrument of mass extermination used in the camp and paved the way for Auschwitz to become the most effective killing machine the world has ever known.
Seen through the eyes of this young boy we come to understand how such atrocities were first borne and then flourished. We witness how loneliness, guilt and an inherent desire for self-preservation can drive us to the most depraved of tasks.
Ultimately Jakup becomes the keeper of The Little Red House, however, and perhaps more importantly, we come to understand how so many ordinary people came to accept the annihilation of an entire race.