And when he writes historical fiction, as he does in The Wall, it is very close to actual events. Based on the real documents found buried inside the destroyed Jewish ghetto of Warsaw after WWII ended, it tells the story of the Jews who were trapped there by the Nazis who took over Poland in 1939, and the escalating determination to ...more
Despite the terrifying situation, most of the book is about relationships and personalities. Levinson, a recluse, finds a spirit of camaraderie and a "family" as ...more
The descriptions of living conditio ...more
I inherited a copy of The Wall, first published in 1950, which was signed by my late uncle. Back then, book stores were plentiful. This volume contained a book mark from L. Galner Books, 203 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia. Back then, nobody could have foreseen Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Amazon, or the term dead tree books.
The Wall is a pioneering work on the ...more
This fictional account of the Warsaw Ghetto covers the implementation, construction, governing, and revolt; all from the perspective of journals written by a member of the central group of characters. The characters are wonderfully crafted, engaging, and bea...more
It takes place in Warsaw, Poland during the invasion of the Nazi's. Forty people made a stand
against the Nazi's occupation of their city. The book lets you into their lives and what it was like.
I visited Warsaw a few years ago and found what was left of the ghetto. There was part of the wall,
that the Nazi's erected to keep the Jews separate from the rest of the population, that was still
standing. Th ...more
He is right. It gets better. In fact, it gets breathtaking.
Still one of my all-time favorites.
One of its main strengths are the characterization of the people and the relationships between them. Another is its historical accuracy.
It reminds us of what can happen when we allow evil to reign; but it also reminds us of the good in people that can come out in the midst of evil.