Kressel Housman's Reviews > A Fire in His Soul: Irving M. Bunim, 1901-1980, the Man and His Impact on American Orthodox Jewry

A Fire in His Soul by Amos Bunim
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Jun 04, 08

bookshelves: history, holocaust, jewish, unfinished, torah, non-fiction
Recommended for: Jews and Americans
Read in February, 2007

This is the biography of Irving Bunim, the right-hand man of Rav Aharon Kotler. It reads like a history book, which means I had to push my way through it, and I'll admit, I got only halfway through. Even still, everyone interested in Holocaust history and most certainly Jews should read Part III, the section devoted to the war years. Most of us know what was going on in Europe, but this book tells the story of Jewish-led rescue efforts in America. Rav Kotler and Bunim were at the helm. And for awesome, real life drama, read pp. 145-146, the negotiations with FDR's Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau, who was a Jew himself. That's one historical conversation the whole world should hear about.
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