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May 05, 2005 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-05-05

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Yom HaShoah

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't-themed books.

ss; $24.95):
he saga of moving from Europe to
inghai is told by Ursula Bacon, who
ails her bonds with both Jewish
Tees and native Chinese in a setting
ed with daily hardships. Rescuing
:wmembers from a downed
merican bomber is among her most
amatic experiences. The author, set-
in Oregon, operates a literary serv-
and is completing a sequel to this

'9ommate of Anne Frank by
van der Zee (Aspekt Publishers;

.'effer (Dussel), Anne Frank's
;.e in hiding, serves as the cen-
in this different perspective
.:.f.rson described in Frank's
ual letters and photographs
:duced to go along with the
trrative. The author is a Dutch


den in France: A Boy's Journey
icier the Nazi Occupation by Simon
ichim (Fithian Press; $14.95):
Tiding in the countryside of
rmandy and taking on a gentile
entity become the lot of Simon
-uchim, who tells of his difficult life
_ter his parents were sent to
uschwitz. The desperation of the
mes and the compassion of strangers
come together in this memoir.
Jeruchim recalls his hardships after
making a new life as a package designer
in the United States.

Long Voyage by Jorge Semprum
Le Overlook Press; $14.95):
A. young Spaniard, captured while
lting with the French Resistance,
ounts his time on a cattle truck driv-
toward Buchenwald. Trapped with
) other men, he has conversations
.ging from the past to speculations
)ut the future. The author, actually
rt of the French Resistance and sent
Buchenwald, was Spain's minister of
ilture and now lives in France.

he Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by
lien Feldman (Norton: $23.95):
Ellen Feldman goes against historical
research by inventing a life in America

for Peter van
interest in
Anne Frank's
diary. After
t B-,
building a suc-
cessful life as a
family man in
the. real estate
business, he
becomes tor-
•mented after
the diary is
published. Feldman, a history major
who worked for a publishing house,
also wrote a fictionalized account of
Franklin Roosevelt's relationship with
Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd.


In Our Hearts We Were Giants by
Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev (Carroll
& Graf; $25):
Dwarfism allows members of the
Ovitz family to endure the Holocaust
and eventually move to Israel. The fam-
ily, successful performers known as the
.Lilliput Troupe throughout Europe, are
sent to Auschwitz, become the subjects
of experiments conducted by Josef
Mengele, get better living conditions
because of the Nazi interest in them
and eventually gain freedom to resume
their careers. The authors are journalists
with an Israeli daily newspaper.


The Maiden and the Jew: The Story of
a Fatal Friendship in Nazi Germany
by Christiane Kohl (Steerforth; $23):
A 22-year-old Christian photogra-
pher and a 60-year-old Jewish entrepre-
neur are accused of having an affair and
suffer grave consequences imposed by
Nazi judges. The relationship and the
sentences are reopened during the
Nuremberg trial s. The author has been
a correspondent for German and Italian

Ester and Ruzya: How My
Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War
and Stalin's Peace by Masha Gessen
(Dial Press; $24):
Two grandmothers, one from Poland
and the other from Russia, become

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