But dark days are on the horizon as the Nazi Party rises to power. When a camp ss officer and jazz aficionado recognizes Clifford, the gentle musician learns just how far a desperate man will go in order to survive. . Shining a light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust, Clifford’s Blues is a disturbing portrait of a dark era in world history and a poignant celebration of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of music.
Arrested by hitler’s gestapo during a roundup of homosexuals, Clifford finds himself placed in “protective custody” and transported to a concentration camp. A black musician arrested by nazis in 1930s germany endures the horrors of the dachau death camp in this harrowing novel based on historical fact A self-proclaimed “gay negro” from New Orleans, playing piano alongside Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Clifford Pepperidge made his name in the smoky nightclubs of Harlem in the 1920s, and other jazz greats.
A decade later, he thrills crowds nightly in the cabarets of Weimar Berlin. Stripped of his dignity and his identity, and abuse, and plunged into a nightmare of forced labor, starvation, he seeks escape in his music.
A winner of the dag hammarskjöld International Prize, with more than two million copies sold, Holocaust is an unforgettable glimpse into this monumental human tragedy. The epic novel of two families and the genocide in Nazi Germany, by the writer of the blockbuster TV miniseries. Told through the reminiscences of erik dorf, and the courageous young jew rudi Weiss, this novel takes us through almost every significant event of the Third Reich, who ran away from his family as a young boy in an effort to fight the Nazis, the ambitious SS officer, from the horrific reality of Kristallnacht to the mass exterminations at Auschwitz.
It is a portrait of the extraordinary choices all Germans were forced to make on a daily basis—and the unimaginable consequences if they were wrong. The weisses are jewish, also “good” Germans—but under the new regime, they are doomed. The dorfs are “good” germans, a promising lawyer, with whom their son Erik, loyal to the new Nazi regime, finds his ambitions realized with the SS at the side of the ruthless Reinhard Heydrich.
Into Enemy Arms: The Remarkable True Story of a German Girl's Struggle against Nazism, and Her Daring Escape with the Allied Airman She Loved
At the same time more than fifteen hundred British and Commonwealth airmen were being marched out of Stalag Luft VII, a POW camp in the same region. Twenty-three of these prisoners managed to escape from the marching column—and by chance hobbled into Lossen. The suspenseful true story of a love that defied Nazi oppression, and a harrowing journey to freedom.
In 1945, ditha bruncel was living with her parents in the small town of Lossen, in Upper Silesia. Close jewish friends had vanished, swastikas hung from every building, and neighbors were disappearing in the middle of the night. As they faced exhaustion, and the constant risk of discovery, Ditha and Gordon’s love for one another intensified, extreme cold, hunger, and so did their determination to survive and escape.
One among them, warrant officer Gordon Slowey, was the man Ditha was destined to meet and fall in love with. Into enemy arms tells the extraordinary story of Ditha and the escaped POWs she helped save. . Together, they embarked on a dangerous and daring flight out of Germany.
The Man Who Cried I Am: A Novel
Along with the large doses of morphine running through his veins, the alcohol allows him to forget the painful disease ravaging his body, but it also prompts him to reflect on the circumstances that have brought him to this point—made him who he is today. From the streets of new york city to the jazz clubs of paris and amsterdam, from the battlefields of World War II to the Oval Office, Max’s journey as an African American author and journalist has brought him into the nexus of hypocrisy and duplicity surrounding segregation and civil rights time and again.
On a warm spring afternoon in 1964, Max Reddick sits at an outdoor café in Amsterdam, nursing a glass of Pernod. Infused with powerful artistry and searing anger, humanity, and vision, as well as insight, The Man Who Cried I Am is a modern American classic. Through the eyes of max, with penetrating fictional portraits of Richard Wright, and Malcolm X, James Baldwin, among other historical figures, author John A.
But nothing he has encountered could have prepared him for the devastating and dangerous truth he now faces. A black expat writer uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the American civil rights movement in this exceptionally powerful novel, which includes an introduction by bestselling author Walter Mosley.
Williams reveals the hope, courage, and bitter disappointment of African American intellectuals in the postwar era.
Push Comes to Shove
As the turbulent sixties draw to a close, nyc police raid the headquarters of Push Comes to Shove—a group of activists, dreamers, and lovers based in a gritty tenement in Lower Manhattan—and kill Walter Armstead with a shotgun blast to the face. Brown has filled it admirably with his thoughtful, gripping novel about the black liberation movement.
Peter biskindwesley Brown is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, and teacher. A brilliant, eye-opening novel. More magazine“push come to shove brings us back to a time when the stakes were high, the world was dangerous, and everything mattered—perhaps too much. Mary gordon “propels its readers into the politically and culturally turbulent world of the American 1960s and ‘70s.
Washington post “opens a door to the world of the black liberation movement at a critical moment in American history. Chronogram “there is a gaping hole in fiction about the 60’s, which focuses almost exclusively on the white New Left. He currently teaches literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and lives in Chatham, New York.
Was he an innocent victim of brutal times? police collaborator? Or both? His death triggers a series of violent reprisals from extremists in the group, from a subway bombing to kidnappings to a showdown in the Black Hills of South Dakota. With this wild, resonant novel, Brown vividly captures the hopes and delusions of Vietnam-era America.
In 1972, he was sentenced to three years in prison for refusing induction into the armed services and spent 18 months in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary.
The Black Russian
But when his father was murdered, Frederick left the South to work as a waiter in Chicago and Brooklyn. When the bolshevik revolution ruined him, he barely escaped to Constantinople, where he made another fortune by opening celebrated nightclubs as the “Sultan of Jazz. Though frederick reached extraordinary heights, landing him in debtor’s prison, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, the long arm of American racism, and Frederick’s own extravagance brought his life to a sad close, where he died a forgotten man in 1928.
Because he found no color line there, Frederick settled in Moscow, becoming a rich and famous owner of variety theaters and restaurants. An extraordinary story . . . Interpreted with great sensitivity. The new york Review of Books. The “altogether astonishing” true story of a black American finding fame and fortune in Moscow and Constantinople at the turn of the 20th century Booklist, starred review.
In his assiduously researched, prodigiously descriptive, starred review, fluently analytical” narrative Booklist, Alexandrov delivers “a tale . . . So colourful and improbable that it reads more like a novel than a work of historical biography.
Final Journey: The Fate of the Jews of Nazi Europe
Gilbert’s vast knowledge on the subject, coupled with his frank and readable style, makes Final Journey accessible to readers and scholars alike. . A thoughtful and rigorous examination of the Jewish experience under Hitler’s “Final Solution”—based on eyewitness accounts and contemporary evidence.
The text is supported by eighty-four photographs—many of which were published for the first time in 1979—and twenty-four pages of maps prepared by the author, women, which help bring the stories of the men, and children back to life in unflinching detail. Focusing on firsthand narratives from survivors and supported by contextual scholarship, Gilbert presents a masterful cross-section of the experiences of the millions of European Jews who lost their homes, careers, families, and lives at the hands of Hitler’s “Final Solution.
The accounts of these journeys are at once unique and unified by both their tragedy and by their triumphs.
5 stars!" K. C. Freed from the daily oppression of scarcity, she remains under the vice-grip power of her hoarding mother and needy siblings. Their lives cross. And each are drawn back to the Black Volta River, to relive harrowing events that transformed them. The river knows their secrets, patriarchy, love, utterly believable, but can it transform their lives again?Deeply embroidered, the rich tapestry of Ghana--and its startling evolution over three decades--serve as the backdrop for this powerful story about race, and personal identity.
Lingers in the mind long after the reading. D. Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review"Intense and interesting. With plenty of intrigue and strong character plot arcs to keep readers thrilled from beginning to end. He can't go forward until he goes back--to Ghana--to own up to crimes he committed as a young man.
A woman escapes poverty in Africa, but is trapped in a life supporting those she left behind. Liz left ghana and is now a successful career woman in the USA. Finn, readers' favoriteA murderer returns to Africa, seeking atonement for killing an innocent. Now that carlos has emptied out his life, his past torments him.
Holocaust Journey: Travelling in Search of the Past
Is a dedicated guide to this difficult material. In 1996, prominent holocaust historian sir Martin Gilbert embarked on a fourteen-day journey into the past with a group of his graduate students from University College, London. The result is a narrative of the Holocaust that ties the past to the present with poignancy and power.
We can be grateful for his thoroughness, courage and guidance. Los angeles times Book Review . Gilbert . . . From the railway lines near auschwitz to the site of oskar schindler’s heroic efforts in cracow, and is supported by wartime documents, letters, Poland, Holocaust Journey features intimate personal meditations from one of our greatest modern historians, and diaries—as well as over fifty photographs and maps by the author—all of which help interweave Gilbert’s trip with his students with the surrounding history of the towns, camps, and other locations visited.
Their destination? places where the terrible events of the Holocaust had left their mark in Europe. A soul-searching trip” Kirkus Reviews. A travelogue, of the essential sites of the Holocaust, spanning two weeks, by the venerable historian and author . . .
Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir Break Away Books
Your soul will be better for it. Nuvo “this book is highly readable and contains fascinating details not usually covered in other books on Japanese-American history. Oregon Historical Quarterly. A “clear-eyed, carefully researched but nonetheless passionate book” that is “rich with the closely observed details of internment camp life” Lauren Kessler, author of Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family.
During world war ii, 110, 000 japanese Americans were removed from their homes and incarcerated by the US government. You’ll wince but read it anyway. Nakadate blends history, rescued memory, employment and social standing, language and education, prejudice and pain, poetry, and family stories in an American narrative of hope and disappointment, communal values and personal dreams.
In looking after minidoka, the “internment camp” years become a prism for understanding three generations of Japanese-American life, from immigration to the end of the twentieth century. Poetic yet sharply honest, the family story unfolds within the larger context of the national saga.
Auschwitz and the Allies: A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler's Mass Murder
A thorough analysis of allied actions after learning about the horrors of Nazi concentration camps—includes survivors’ firsthand accounts. An unforgettable contribution to the history of the last war. Jewish chronicle . Featuring twenty maps prepared specifically for this history and thirty-four photographs, along with firsthand accounts by escaped Auschwitz prisoners, Gilbert reconstructs the span of time between Allied awareness and definitive action in the face of overwhelming evidence of Nazi atrocities.
Why did they wait so long? among the myriad questions of what the Allies could have done differently in World War II, understanding why it took them so long to respond to the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps—specifically Auschwitz—remains vital today. In auschwitz and the allies, and the fate of millions of people, Martin Gilbert presents a comprehensive look into the series of decisions that helped shape this particular course of the war, through his eminent blend of exhaustive devotion to the facts and accessible, graceful writing.