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Zack Gurevitz has had a checkered past. A Yeshiva boy, turned Green Beret, turned junkie, excommunicated by his one-time faith and now the potential savior of people he doesn’t even like.

As a white supremacist movement stealthily takes the reins of power in America, it is again the Jews who are made out as scapegoats. Stripped of wealth and citizenship, they are made to l
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Paperback, 386 pages
Published March 25th 2020 by Intrados Publishing
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Mindythebookyenta
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Judenrein (2020) by Harold Benjamin is an action-thriller set in an alternative modern-day America.
For their own protection American Jews are forced to give up their property and their occupations. The Jews are rounded up and put in ghettos called Kike Kennels. But this is not the holocaust of the 1940s, the displaced people receive food stamps and are allowed to have religious services.
The round-ups started when liberal Jews sided with the PLO then the Presidential- Flag waving, Maga- hat-wear
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Zev Mendelssohn
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Jew, I was torn between finding this book extremely alarming but also entertaining. It seemed almost wrong to enjoy it so much - it tells a story that every Jew dreads: that our host society will turn on us. But, this has happened so many times in history. In this book, though, we have a hero who saves the day. He's a pretty sketchy hero, with a lot of baggage, but that's what makes him interesting. I found myself pulled into the story and suspense. The bad guy characters are a tad thin, bu ...more
Happy Booker
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Judenrein is a dystopian thriller that envisions America’s Jews’ fate after a white supremacist cabal seizes power in the federal government. The story begins with Zack Gurevitz, who has an exciting past. He is a Yeshika boy, and as luck has it, the White supremacist movement overpowers America and rains on the Jews. They are then undergone much scrutiny being stripped of their prosperity and nationality. Zak is contacted by the Jewish leaders to protect the people from a terror attack, and that ...more
Heidi Slowinski
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A white supremacist movement has taken over America. Jews have been rounded up, striped of their property and placed in ghettos. Zack Gurevitz is a former Green Beret with a difficult past who has turned his back on the faith that turned its back on him. Until his help is needed to stop a terror attack set to place his people at risk. He hesitantly agrees to help but finds himself caught up in something much worse than anyone originally suspected.

This dystopian thriller captured my attention fro
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: I received e-ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and NetGalley. ***

Judenrein was terrifying dystopia thriller set in 21st century America run by Neo Nazi White Supremist. It was about white supremacy, fascism, right-wing extremism, Nazism, and terrorism.

This was plot driven story. Characters were there to play their role. If you want to connect with characters, you would be disappointed. World was frightening and yet interesting to read. Jews,
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Simon Petlak
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying this book is not for everyone. If you're not Jewish, you may not get the urgency of the story. It deals with an existential threat to American Jews - an unthinkable calamity that could befall the community if things go badly, BADLY wrong in Washington, with neo-Nazis seizing power behind the scenes. It's a paranoid fantasy, in that respect. You start to wonder, could this really happen... no...yes... really? Maybe. The author does some interesting stuff with politics and r ...more
Michael Dane
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a suspenseful, page turner in an exotic scene - the orthodox Jewish world. It's an action thriller that takes on a somewhat serious topic - an antisemitic crushing of American Jews, from which our hero must save the day. ...more
Carol Lefko
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A true page turner. Compelling and action packed. A formidable and flawed main character. He wants to be a better person. He wants to be healthy...mind, body & soul. He is often challenged. He is a character you want to read about again. What happens to him...how will he survive in a world that is in constant turmoil and difficult realities. Hope there will be a sequel. A very good read. Different from the standard story. Great writing.
Michael Gooen
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every American Jew - at least those who believe that a second Shoah could never happen here - should read this deeply disquieting thriller. Five years ago, I would have criticized this novel for being far fetched. Now, the dystopian future it forecasts hits far too close to home.
Esther Cohen
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
definitely held my attention, good characters, you won't believe the ending ...more
Martin Stein
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Judenrein is an effective action thriller. You're definitely turning pages to know what happens next. I was surprised more than once. The main character is pretty damaged, so you keep wondering if he's going to fall apart. One thing that's sort of cool is the inside look you get into the orthodox Jewish world, which I am not that familiar with, even though I'm Jewish. As you go through the story, though, you start to see that this isn't just about a plot to get the Jews. It's about a bigger pict ...more
The Minireads
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
If the rise of right-wing across the globe is indicative of something, it is a threat to the minorities. The minorities could be based on color, ethnicity, religion, or caste. The right-wing spares none and wages a war to establish the majorities’ supremacy. The world we are living in right now has been shaken to the core with phobic waves across the globe, George Floyd’s death being the latest in such circumstances. “Judenrein” is a dystopian thriller which, even though being dystopian, would s ...more
Anthony
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

There has never been a more relevant time for a thriller novel such as this. The author conveys a powerful story that relates a long history of violence, hatred, and prejudice through a dystopian thriller lens.

The author does an amazing job of creating a vast cast of characters, but most importantly a complex, multi-layered protagonist. Getting to see Zack struggle with his addiction and the complex relationship he has with his people and the circumstances they find themselves in real
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Menashe Bernstein
okay... this book definitely has some decent action in and a couple of memorable characters. I'll give it that. As for the Jewish content, I don't think I've ever been more turned off or insulted by a book in my life. The plot, unless you're from the planet Mars, revolves around a totally bogus idea that Orthodox Jews like me are complicit in their own destruction because they support Donald Trump. That is just wrong and totally offensive. Donald Trump is the best friend American Jews ever had. ...more
Melanie Lewis
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
The basis of the story is good, but it needed to be executed with slightly more care. There were too many characters introduced far too quickly. Eventually, I gave up trying to work out who was who and just focused on the action part of the story. There were some excellent elements and some entirely ludicrous moments. Too many mistakes in continuity and typos showed that all this book really needs is a good editor and then I would happily recommend it.
Ana Joldes
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Judenrein had my attention from the first few pages and it only just got better as I kept on reading.
The author has done a tremendous job tackling complex social conflicts with a dose of realism and humour and has masterfully created a gripping plot and well-developed characters that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. With so few to trust, could Zack truly succeed in his mission?

I can't wait to read more books by this author!
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