The Feet of the Messenger by Yehoash (Solomon Blumgarten)

The Feet of the Messenger by Yehoash (Solomon Blumgarten)

Excerpt For a number of years a fond, beautiful dream had been weaving in my thoughts. In a hidden crevice of the soul a seed had taken root and was quietly, modestly burgeoning. Amid the confusion and the tumult of a hundred interests, of labors and ambitions, that seed had remained unobserved. Yet often, in reposeful moments a breath would arise, wafting a sweet fragrance into my face, intoxicating, filling…

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

In 1944, Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, to maintain her cover as von Schmidt’s secretary, she is forced to stand by…

Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker by Julian Voloj

Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker by Julian Voloj

Claudia Ahlering (Illustrator), Jeff Chang (Introduction) An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract…

The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews by Patrick Desbois and Paul A. Shapiro

The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews by Patrick Desbois and Paul A. Shapiro

In this heart-wrenching book, Father Patrick Desbois documents the daunting task of identifying and examining all the sites where Jews were exterminated by Nazi mobile units in the Ukraine in WWII. Using innovative methodology, interviews, and ballistic evidence, he has determined the location of many mass gravesites with the goal of providing proper burials for the victims of the forgotten Ukrainian Holocaust. Compiling new archival material and many eye-witness accounts,…

Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor by Martin Greenfield & Wynton Hall

Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor by Martin Greenfield & Wynton Hall

At the age of 14, Martin Greenfield was uprooted from an idyllic Czechoslovakian childhood and deported to Auschwitz, where the notorious Doctor Mengele separated him from his family. One of his first memories from the death camp was Mengele’s shiny black boots. After being separated from his parents, grandparents, sisters, and brother, never to see them again, he was assigned to laundry duty, which turned out to be a fateful…

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

Over the past several decades, Edith Pearlman has staked her claim as one of the all-time great practitioners of the short story. Her incomparable vision, consummate skill, and bighearted spirit have earned her consistent comparisons to Anton Chekhov, John Updike, Alice Munro, Grace Paley, and Frank O’Connor. Her latest work, gathered in this stunning collection of twenty new stories, is an occasion for celebration. Meet the Jewish Bubbe Who Happens…

Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale by David Duchovny

Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale by David Duchovny

From Jewniverse Help David Duchovny and Shalom The Pig Get to Israel by Sundown Maybe you first fell for David Duchovny as the DEA Agent in Twin Peaks. Or you tracked his every move in The X-Files as the steamily troubled Agent Fox Mulder. Either way, it’s hard not to feel smitten all over again when you read his allegorical new book called Holy Cow. It’s a grim but hilarious…

Good Living Street: Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900 by Tim Bonyhady

Good Living Street: Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900 by Tim Bonyhady

The book at Amazon and on Kindle Vienna and its Secessionist movement at the turn of the last century is the focus of this extraordinary social portrait told through an eminent Viennese family, headed by Hermine and Moriz Gallia, who were among the great patrons of early-twentieth-century Viennese culture at its peak. Good Living Street takes us from the Gallias’ middle-class prosperity in the provinces of central Europe to their…

Interview with a Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred

Interview with a Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred

The book at Amazon and on Kindle The author describes her book as “what would happen if Anne Rice and Mel Brooks had gotten drunk one night at Grossingers.” Filled with knowing winks to readers of vampire fiction, from Dracula to Lestat, Interview with a Jewish Vampire is unexpectedly credible, even while pumping Catskill-flavored jokes through its basically silly premise. Interview is told in a fast, punchy style: “I was…

The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. by George Steiner

The book at Amazon Hitler is alive and well, if not a bit wrinkled, and he’s living in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of the Holocaust. Who better than a group of Jewish Nazi hunters to bring him to justice? And thus you have the plot of George Steiner’s surreal and provocative 1981 novella The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. The plot is gripping but this…