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A writer must defend himself against a doctor whom he’s accused of committing atrocities during World War II

For Abe Cady, settlement is not an option when the facts of the Holocaust are on trial. A journalist and screenwriter, Cady produced the definitive account of the Holocaust just after World War II. But Polish doctor Adam Kelno, who was pressed into service in a notor
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Published September 27th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1970)
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Aug 17, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I don't like to be contradictory, but this book is not a contrived situation for Leon Uris to make a point. It's based on a lawsuit taken against Uris himself.

The basic plot involves a doctor bringing suit for slander against a Jewish author who mentions him, in a work of fiction, as being a Nazi collaborator. Since the story takes place in England, we learn much about the British legal system and the meaning of the word slander. There's plenty of tension, a satisfying ending, and a lot of tang
Mar 30, 2009 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leon Uris writes a story that reaches out in the first pages and grabs you. There is no worry over the numbers of pages here; you thank the stars that it HAS heft because you don't want to finish this one. I learned more about medicine, law, the holocaust, Judaism, life changes, and what time will and won't heal than I ever thought possible in this book. Some books you live with for a while; this was some quality time.
Jan 02, 2013 Chrystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost didn't want to read this because of it's obscure title, and length. So glad I finally read it. Some books you forget right away; this one will stick with me for awhile. The author uses his talent to weave an emotional roller coaster that sets up the libel trial with the reader knowing both plaintiff and defendant intimately. It's a gripping novel to the very end as the reader struggles to find out the truth.
While some parts are awful and graphic, I think any matter relating to the Holoca
Oct 04, 2013 Ashok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange how memory plays tricks. I read this book first probably in the late 70s and all I remembered before I started reading it again was that it was a court case that described explicitly what a Polish surgeon did in a concentration camp during WW II.

Actually, that's only about a third of the book, perhaps less. But obviously that left the most lasting impression.

Following a visit to Auschwitz, I decided to read this book again after some 35 years and did not regret my decision.
Nov 08, 2015 Jaksen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a book which details how a person will respond to evil, there is nothing better.

Adam Kelno, well-known, knighted, accomplished, a brilliant doctor who once worked in a Polish concentration camp, has been libeled by a writer. Accused of performing 'unnecessary' surgeries on hundreds of concentration camp inmates, he retaliates with a lawsuit.

Abraham Cady, writer of both great fiction (and trashy) is the accuser. In his new novel, Holocaust, he mentions, very briefly, that Adam Kelno didn't pe
Jun 30, 2008 Rodger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has been on my to read list for a long time. I was totally disappointed in it. It was a contrived situation to give Uris opportunity for a sermon.

The situation could be compared to OJ Simpson bringing suit against the Goldman family for defaming him, while knowing all the time he was guilty. I don't think that will happen.

Neither do I think a war criminal would go to court to clear his name because of an obscur paragraph in a book mentioning someone with the same last name. A guilty man w
Feb 11, 2016 J.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jews & optimists
Warning: raw pessimism ahead.

So, this is a fairly unique read. Quick, how many Holocaust-related courtroom dramas can you think of? ... Okay, Judgment at Nuremberg? Was that a book in addition to being a movie? I'll allow it.

The point is, there aren't that many. This is one of those serious books that nevertheless has a touch of playfulness, if only in the kind of narrative magic trick being pulled. You first get a depiction of Dr. Adam Kelno as a pretty cool guy. Hey, he's a Polish doctor. What
Jul 09, 2009 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a Polish man Adam Kelno who was accused of the war crime of doing improper surgeries, for example, without the use of anesthetic or removing healthy people’s reproductive organs during WWII in a Polish concentration camp. After he was tried and found not guilty he fled to remote jungle village with his family to escape what he claimed were the Jews and communists trying to discredit him as a doctor. During his time in hiding the book The Holocaust, was written by the acclai ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me turning the pages, and even more important, kept me thinking. Leon Uris creates two sympathetic characters at odds with each other -- both protagonists and antagonists, each of them. Whose side to be on? Who to believe?

This novel deals honestly with human nature under the most dire circumstances. Would you hurt a stranger, a friend -- a loved one? Of course not. What if your own life were at stake? Would you spare another, even if it meant your own death? In this case, a concen
Apr 08, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-challenge
...this is a book I read for my Contemporary Novel class in high school and I need to re-read it again now with an adult mind. I remember it's impact on me then....I can only imagine it's impact NOW...but I need to re-read this for my kids too. For someday...they will read it too.....

Excellent opportunity to read this book again...only now with an adult mind. It's probably been 25 years since I read this novel for a Lit class in High School. I didn't recall much either about the book before star
This is the story of a trial in Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven of a famous author Abraham Cady against the surgeon Adam Kelno who acted in the Polish concentration camp of Jadwiga.

Like Nuremberg's trial, this books will reveal all atrocities committed by the Nazis, specially against the Jews.

5* Trinity
TR The Haj
This was a gripping story that had me at the edge of my seat. I keep trying to write a review for this book, but the words can't do it justice. A must read.
Jun 26, 2016 Charly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uris writes books that are just hard to put down.He grabs you and just will not let go. This too I read when it first came out.
Jul 26, 2011 Simone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed. With a subject matter as interesting as this, it should have been a great book. The courtroom scenes are when this book comes alive, but they only get started around page 250, which is more than halfway in. The pages until then are spent developing the background of the two principal characters. Despite this, I feel neither character ever becomes anything more than a two dimensional cliché: the Polish, Jew-hating doctor with the explosive temper, and the misogynistic, Je ...more
Thom Swennes
Feb 12, 2014 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One has to admit that this is an ambiguous title. QB VII is a contraction for Queen’s Bench Courtroom # 7. This location is the site of a dramatic and trial and brings the horrors of the Holocaust to the forefront. That Jadwiga Concentration Camp was hardly known in the annals of history can only add and not subtract from the heinous acts that were committed there. The Final Solution was a decision made by the Nazi High Command to rid the world of its Jewish population. These people may have bee ...more
May 28, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so depressing. It made me really sad. I read it a long time ago and I remember it so well and it still makes me sad. I remember going into our back yard and laying in the grass and staring at grass and think of all the horrible things that had been done to people in the book.
May 08, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well written, though the details of what went on in a Nazi prison camp are gruesome to say the least. This story is based on Uris' own court case over the book "Exodus."

An amazing tale!
Joyce Hahnenkratt
Second time with this book ...Leon Uris is one of the best authors I have read, so I wanted to retread some of his books. This one did not disappoint.
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
If you are a fan of legal drama and books, here is a book for you.
The issue is defamation. Adam khelno claims to have been defamed by way of libel, in a book titled 'the holocaust' which is written by abe cady and published by shawcross.
He is pointed out as having of removed the testicles and ovaries of young jews in jadwiga concentration camp.
Adam goes to court to seek for an apology and reward cor the information, but he ends up winning by being awarded half a penny.
This book will take you
This is a novel I've always wanted to read since watching the 1970's TV miniseries with Ben Gazzara and Anthony Hopkins, so upon finding a copy in a box at home and wanting a break from fantasy, I said why not.
This book presents to opposite lives that have WWII in common. Dr. Adam Kelno who as a Polish surgeon is forced to work at the fictional Yadwiga concentration camp, and commits various acts of barbaric surgery, as part of the SS medical experiment conducted throughout these camps. He is ac
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Jhumjhum Chakrabarti
Once again an excellent piece of writing pouring out from the pen of Leon Uris. The malpractices and the grotesque nature of the crime runs down sheer horror down the spine. Even worse is to imagine one human that too a doctor doing it on others, just because they happened to be Jews (or was it just another way of sustaining and surviving in the environs of the concentration camps. Uris's Jewish inclinations can however be traced in the vivid and gory details used to drive in the concept of usin ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A difficult, deeply disturbing read, but infinitely important. When I first read this book in my 20's, I was numbed and dumbfounded. It is the story of a physician pressed into service by the Nazis during WWII in a concentration camp, and is played out in courtroom QB VII (Queen's Bench, Courtroom Seven). Uris is a masterful storyteller, and we learn in the cold, unemotional atmosphere of the British courts the hideous details of atrocities committed by this doctor (and the likes of Josef Mengel ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so brutal & so disturbing. There were times when I actually felt like I was being punched in the stomach repeatedly. Having said that, this is absolutely a book that everyone should read. It may be one of the most fascinating books ever written about the Holocause because it's not a story about what the Germans did to concentration camp prisoners. Instead, it's a story about what prisoners did to each other under the instruction of the Germans, and about how someone who seems t ...more
Apr 23, 2007 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leon Uris fans
Typical Uris, in that it is beautifully written, with gorgeous characterization, very interesting story and contains the always present kick in the head of tragedy to really depress you. Main story is set in the '60s and revolves around a libel lawsuit which is brought by an older Polish doctor against an American Jewish author who wrote a book about the Holocaust that mentions (in one paragraph of a 700 page book)that the doctor, a highly respected man, performed experimental surgery on Jews in ...more
Hal Zenner
Feb 23, 2014 Hal Zenner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through this book you will turn ashen, tears will threaten to flow, and a burning knot will form in your throat. There's not much else I can say.... Years ago while on a business trip to Vienna I visited a small Jewish museum on a small street not far from the opulent grander that's so visited by tourists. The museum happened to be showing a documentary of medical experiments / atrocities committed during the Holocaust. I could not sit through it and left. I'm happy to say that I finishe ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
QB VII by Leon Uris is a well written book that combine's strong character development (the back stories of the protagonist and the antagonist were well written), memorable mental imagery, understandable dialogue, a plot that rushes with tension towards the final climax, and some interesting historical facts and historical/cultural background, all mixed together in a literary masterpiece by Leon Uris. QB VII is an outstanding historical thriller keeps the narrative flowing smoothly in a way that ...more
Filip Đukić
Majdak u predgovoru - Urisa naziva pučkim piscem - za šire mase, lako shvatljivog i bez neke prevelike visoko umjetničke vrijednosti. Možda je taj epitet "pučki" previše strog, ali Uris definitivno odiše lakoćom i ne prevelikom težinom u pisanju; bilo da se to odnosi na samu strukturu rečenica ili samim tehnikama pisanja (iako u samom djelu imamo 3 dijela - priče odvojene - koje se na kraju spajaju u jednu cjelinu koja kulminira). Sama radnja kao i stil su jednostavni, a problematika koja se obr ...more
Sandor J.
Jan 25, 2016 Sandor J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Masterpiece in the Historical Fiction Genre

All Leon Uris novels are 5 star masterpieces, and QB VII is no exception. Uris is one of the best authors in the historical fiction genre. QBVII, like many of his other novels, deals with recent Jewish history, such as Israel and the Holocaust. Uris masterfully combines fictional characters with real historical figures, and it is, at times, difficult to tell the difference. I frequently find myself checking Wikipedia to see if a person or place
Mar 20, 2015 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a gripping read, or rather listen, because I have the unabridged audiobook version. It loses a star for some clumsy narrative and clumsier dialogue (I did find myself thinking "said no one ever" a few times). But I love courtroom drama and it was in the QB VII chamber itself, and the evidence-collecting that surrounded the account of the trial, where the story's real strengths shone through. The human drama, tension and mystery were skilfully paced, and the terrible contents of the ...more
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Leon Marcus Uris (August 3, 1924 - June 21, 2003) was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976.

Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a pa
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