“One of the novel’s principal characters, known only as the General, is clearly modeled on former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon.
“Our Israeli Diary, 1978” will be most resonant for past travelers to Israel, or anyone with a particular interest in Fraser or Pinter.
Bruce Henderson’s unfailingly admiring ‘Sons and Soldiers’ pays homage to the Ritchie boys and achieves a rare intimacy with the reader.
Anyone interested in Baruch Spinoza, the fate of Jews during the Inquisition or the vagaries of archival research will find Kadish’s novel rewarding.
“The novel simply isn’t very good. It’s at once an overwrought, cliché-ridden romance and a grimly unpleasant prison story.”
“In defiance of stereotypes, many Jews in Germany excelled at activities such as boxing, fencing, soccer, swimming and tennis.”
“These people were ghettoized: they knew that they were being herded like animals. Yet you see people smiling into the cameras.”
“Today gay and lesbians are discriminated against, persecuted and killed. I hope this monument helps [people] never forget the history.”
The quest to illuminate the lives of murdered relatives is a burgeoning subgenre of the Holocaust memoir.
On the night before she is set to die, a 96-year-old Dutch woman relives her war years in Otto de Kat’s ‘The Longest Night.’