AN UPLIFTING BOOK

I deeply cherish Glenn Kurtz’s THREE MINUTES IN POLAND. Praising this important book, Noble laureate Elie Wiesel said: “It is intensely moving and brilliantly researched, and it reads like a thriller.” In 2009, Glenn found a film his paternal grandparents made of their 1938 trip through Europe. One three-minute section especially arrested his attention, as…

Read More

DAVID MARWELL’S OUTSTANDING BOOK ON MENGELE

This post is about David G. Marwell’s brilliant book  MENGELE: UNMASKING THE “ANGEL OF DEATH”, which you may view on Amazon here. *** Hailed by the New York Times as “a leading American investigator of Nazi war crimes,” Dr. David G. Marwell trained as an historian and then put his training to superb use outside the…

Read More

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: SONJA DÜMPELMANN

Sonja Dümpelmann is a highly-accomplished scholar of Landscape Architecture on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Her latest book — SEEING TREES, A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin — is full of fascinating information presented with an appealing flow. And I am now pleased to…

Read More

Dr. Marion Kaplan’s Upcoming Book on Jewish Refugees

The Stolpersteine at Kurfürstendamm 185 in Berlin, commemorating my paternal grandparents’ plights. **** The Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) I got placed for my paternal grandparents outside their last Berlin residence note that in fleeing Hitler and the Nazis, my grandparents found temporary refuge in Portugal. I therefore read, with poignant interest, Dr. Marion Kaplan’s fascinating paper “Lisbon is Sold…

Read More

Leonard Barkan’s BERLIN FOR JEWS

Princeton Professor Leonard Barkan is a polymath whose past books include MUTE POETRY, SPEAKING PICTURES and UNEARTHING THE PAST; ARCHEOLOGY AND AESTHETICS IN THE MAKING OF RENAISSANCE CULTURE. Barkan’s latest book, BERLIN FOR JEWS, is a tour de force of writing about Germany’s capital city. Recently, I caught up with Leonard Barkan for this interview. 1)   Since you finished…

Read More

Author’s Corner: David Clay Large

David Clay Large is a professor at The Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley. His book BERLIN has been very well-received, with Dr. Dorothee Brantz saying “this book is a captivating read; just like a good novel, it is hard to put down.”…

Read More

Jewish Museum’s Christoph Kreutzmüller

(Christoph Kreutzmüller) Dr. Christoph Kreutzmüller, a German scholar, has done seminal work, creating a database of businesses that were Jewish-owned in Nazi-era Berlin. As I’ve said previously, Christoph’s sleuthing for his book FINAL SALE IN BERLIN, The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity, 1930-1945 fills a gap in the record that so frustrated me while I was seeking restitution for…

Read More

Berlin Storyteller Dennis Behnke

Dennis Behnke — known as ‘The Berlin Storyteller’ — offers a variety of guided tours of Germany’s capital city. You can learn about Dennis’s tours here. In this interview, I catch up with Dennis. 1) How did you come to call yourself ‘The Berlin Storyteller’? When I was 15 years old, my school class went on…

Read More

AUTHOR’S CORNER: NOAH ISENBERG

Prominent author and film scholar Noah Isenberg will appear at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 to introduce a free screening of Billy Wilder’s film MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG (PEOPLE ON SUNDAY) and then again on Thursday, September 15 to introduce a free screening of Edmund Goulding’s GRAND HOTEL, adapted from…

Read More

AUTHOR’S CORNER: GREG MITCHELL

(NOTE: This post has been updated at the bottom with a sampling of enthusiastic reviews of Greg Mitchell’s THE TUNNELS) Award-winning author Greg Mitchell‘s past books include THE CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY, about Upton Sinclair’s gubernatorial race in California, and JOY IN MUDVILLE; A LITTLE-LEAGUE MEMOIR. In this interview, I catch up with Greg, whose…

Read More