Book Review: Jewish Noir by Kenneth Wishnia (Editor)
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / October 27, 2015

Jewish noir is a genre which I generally enjoy. The Jewish people like to think of themselves as the “chose ones”, but that title is a mixed blessing and a curse. It’s interesting to read how the definition of noir changed from economic desperation and government corruption to stories about simply fitting in, belonging and all the drama and trauma that it entails.

Thoughts on: Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto by Moshe Arens
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / April 19, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto by Moshe Arens on Blogcritics. “During that far-off period of slavery, when the Roman legions trampled almost the entire ancient world, and the whole world kneed before them, only one small Roman province, Judea, took up arms, rose up to fight for freedom and in defense of the honor of man, against a world of injustice.” Leib “Leon”Rodal Polish journalist, activist revisionist co-founder and one of the leaders of the Jewish Military Union , in whose ranks took part in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising About: Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto: The Untold Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Moshe Arens is an important non-fiction book about this famous event. The book is by no means an introductory text book on the subject and should not be treated as such as the reader must have some prior knowledge of these historical events. 432 pages Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (November 1, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 9652295272 My rating for Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto – 5 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format. More book by Moshe Arens Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto: The Untold Story of the Warsaw…

Thoughts on: Shadows Walking by Douglas R. Skopp

About: Shadows Walking by Douglas Skopp is a fictional novel about a Nazi doctor battling his conscience after the war. While this novel was difficult to read, it was also difficult to put down. The author is giv­ing away one signed copy of this book to two winners— enter at the end of the post. 482 pages Publisher: CreateSpace ISBN: 1439231990 My rating for Shadows Walking – 5 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: One of the phenomena which, to me, is fascinating is how people blindly follow others even though they know that the leaders are wrong, manipulative or even worst, that what they are doing is against their own upbringing. How could people who consider themselves national socialists (Nazis) act to this way towards their own families and neighbors? How could a regime train hundreds and thousands of people to murder civilians, children, women and the elderly? What happened when one suddenly realizes that he or she is the “bad person” in the story of life? This is one of the questions Douglas R. Skopp (website | Facebook | Twitter) is trying to answer in his fascinating…

Thoughts on: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / January 8, 2012

About: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a fictional book with lots of Jewish themes and humor. This is Mr. Auslander’s first novel, his previous books are Foreskin’s Lament and Beware of God. The publisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post. 304 pages Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover ISBN: 159448838X My rat­ing for Hope: A Tragedy — 5 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Shalom Auslander Thoughts: In the hilarious Hope: A Tragedy (#HopeTragedy) by Shalom Auslander (website | Facebook) the author slaughters many Jewish golden calves and in the process brought this carnivore to tears. The main theme of this wacky book is the hopelessness of hope as well as the danger of hoping for something better. There were so many funny elements in this book I don’t even know where to start. Whether it’s the protagonist’s mother who has PTSD from the Holocaust even though  she was born and bred in New York, her terminal illness which never materializes, a doctor who believes Hitler was the ultimate optimist, a foul mouthed Anne Frank, or just some lines which, in context,…

Thoughts on: Auschwitz by Dr. Miklós Nyiszli

About: Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Dr. Miklós Nyiszli is a non-fiction memoir of a Jewish Hungarian medical doctor who performed “research” on other Jews with the evil Dr. Josef Mengele aka “Angel of Death”. This is not an easy book to read, but an important one. 240 pages Publisher: Arcade Publishing ISBN: 161145011X My rating for Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness – 5 Buy & Save on Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Dr. Miklós Nyiszli tells the sober first hand account of a doctor who was selected by Dr. Mengele, evil incarnate, to help him perform medical experiments in Auschwitz. Whether it was a blessing to survive the war or the live with the knowledge that you unwittingly helped the biggest criminals the world has ever seen commit genocide is something Dr. Nyiszli struggles with. My great-aunt, Sarah, was one of the children experimented on by the malevolent Dr. Mengele. She died young, in the mid 70s, when I was a child but I will always remember how beautiful she was. Later I found out that…

Book Review: A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 1, 2011

About: “A Death in Vienna” by Daniel Silva (website) is the fourth book in the fictional Gabriel Allon series. The book touches on revenge and justice themes. 416 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN: 9780399151439 My rating for A Death in Vienna – 5 Buy & Save on “A Death in Vienna” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “A Death in Vienna” by Daniel Silva is a well written book with a complex plot. The trail of clues which intermingle with historical events and touches complex and sensitive political maze, is a pleasure to read. Daniel Silva is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors; his books are not only intelligent and sophisticated, but also credible. Mr. Silva is one of those authors that takes his historical research seriously and it shows. Which leaves me with a serious problem. No matter how hard I try to put my thoughts down on one of Mr. Silva’s book, I always end up sounding like a blurb on the dust jacket. The plot is full of twists and turns, a wonderful cast of characters (which might be difficult to keep track of if you haven’t read…

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