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 Naomi Litvin



The Masada Faktor is a fictional Mediterranean Noir set in modern day Israel, 2014, before and during the Gaza War, Natasha Bernard has immigrated to the Holy Land. Natasha is in search of answers to a mystery revealed to her by her mother, on her death bed, which involves the survival of Israel. Seventy years after the end of World War II a plot is set to destroy the Jews to mimic the disaster of Masada. The Masada Faktor was conceived by Hitler in his last days. While in Israel, the Gaza War breaks out, complicating Natasha’s new life.

 
Beneath A Stormy Cloud: Moving On Without Her (non-fiction)
The stinging reality of the effects of the Holocaust on the second generation is illustrated as Naomi Litvin attempts reorientation to the world at large after losing her mother, a Romanian Holocaust survivor. In her second book, Beneath A Stormy Cloud: Moving On Without Her, Naomi Litvin knits a jigsaw puzzle-like anthology of her mother’s poetry with her own juxtaposing responses. Within these pages Naomi’s thought provoking commentary is a deeply personal struggle with her grief. Edith was her mentor, heroine, and best friend. Mother and daughter share the stage in this creative, special slice of history.

We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story (non-fiction)
Author Naomi Litvin recreates her parents' incredible love story in the powerful memoir, We Never Lost Hope. Litvin, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an American Jewish GI who landed at Normandy, lets her family members reveal the stories of their lives before, during, and after the Holocaust. Told in five indelible voices, the book gives a you-are-there punch and a moving immediacy. Lovely and haunting, We Never Lost Hope is a reminder that genocide can happen anywhere, and that we all must be vigilant against the forces of hatred.

"Naomi Litvin leaves all students of the Holocaust in her debt...every memoir adds to our knowledge, both of what happened, and of the emotions and feelings of that terrible era, and this memoir is no exception: it calls out to be read." --Sir Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer, a leading historian, and author of eighty-one books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s In It for the US in Its “Foreign Aid” To Israel?

What’s In It for the US in Its “Foreign Aid” To Israel?

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The return on the annual US investment in Israel

  1. On October 2021 and January 2020, Israel’s intelligence alerted the US of Iranian drone and missile attacks on US military installations in Southern Syria and Iraq. 200 US soldiers (in Syria) and 1,500 US soldiers (in Iraq) took effective shelter.
  2. The scope of Israeli intelligence shared with the US exceeds the intelligence provided by all NATO countries combined. It includes data on Iran’s global terrorism and nuclear and ballistic programs; Islamic terrorism targeting the US and pro-US Arab regimes; battle tactics and military systems of US rivals and enemies; Israeli-developed technologies and battle tactics neutralizing hostile capabilities; Soviet nuclear-equipped intercontinental ballistic missiles; etc.
  3. According to General George Keegan, former Head of Air Force Intelligence: “I could not have procured the intelligence [received from Israel] with five CIAs.” The annual budget of one CIA is around $15 billion.
  4. Israel is the most cost-effective, battle-tested laboratory of the US defense industries, employing (with much gratitude!) hundreds of US military systems, sharing with the US manufacturers lessons (operation, maintenance, repairs), which are integrated as upgrades. These upgrades enhance US global competitiveness, spare the US billions of dollars and many years of research and development, increase US exports and expand US employment. According to Lockheed-Martin (formerly GD), Israel’s use of the F-16 has yielded over 700 upgrades, netting a mega-billion-dollar bonanza to the manufacturer. A similar bonanza is enjoyed by McDonnell-Douglas, the manufacturer of the F-15. The benefits to the US derived by the more sophisticated and expensive F-35 are substantially higher.
  5. According to the late Admiral Elmo Zumwalt and General Alexander Haig, “Israel is the largest US aircraft carrier, which does not require American soldiers on board, cannot be sunk, and is deployed in a most critical region, economically and militarily, sparing the US the need to manufacture, deploy and maintain more real aircraft carriers and additional ground divisions, which would cost the US some $15 billion annually.”
  6. The formulation of US battle tactics is largely based on Israel’s battle experience. For instance, Special Operations units (on their way to Iraq and previously to Afghanistan) and urban warfare specialists are trained in Israel. The US Air Force benefits greatly from joint maneuvers with Israel’s Air Force, which possesses much more battle experience, shedding light on the far-reaching capabilities of US-made combat aircraft.
  7. Israel is a most innovative hub (second to the US) of more than 200 giant US hightech companies, which operate research and development centers, leveraging the brain power of the Start Up Nation.
  8. Israel is a unique commercial and defense force-multiplier for the US, extending the strategic hand of the US without the presence of US troops (unlike Europe, South Korea and Japan), while deterring and preempting regional rogue entities, which threaten the US and pro-US Arab regimes.

The Masada Faktor: Award Winning for Fiction




                           
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Sir Martin Gilbert
 Foreword by Sir Martin Gilbert (z"l)  
It could be said that rather than writing this affecting and effective book, Litvin sculpted it. Her breezy but vital narrative provides the shape and overall historical context for her family’s story, but her relatives are the ones doing the real work. Using the first-person accounts of her parents, an aunt, an uncle and a friend of the family, the author offers a nuanced and multifaceted look at the plight of Jews in mid-20th century Eastern Europe.
From a small Angora farm in Satu-Mare, Romania, to the horrifying grounds of Auschwitz and finally, to a new life in America, the five distinct voices of Edith, Hilda, and Mendi Festinger, Nate Litvin and Kurt Meyers provide a powerful and intimate journey through one of mankind’s darkest hours. Litvin does well not to mute her sources with an authoritative filter. The book’s undeniable authenticity comes from the life events retold by each narrator–while most historical texts offer one individual’s take, We Never Lost Hope presents five survivors working through their memories.
Litvin augmented the book with photographs, news articles and other ephemera (telegrams, maps, etc.) that support the sense of intimacy and reality. Since some accounts can occasionally run long, it may have been helpful for Litvin to provide more editorial insight and direction. Still, the book is a soaring testament to the strength and adaptability of five remarkable people.
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The Masada Faktor

Award winning for Fiction. This Mediterranean Noir is set in modern day Israel, 2014, before and during the Gaza War, Natasha Bernard has immigrated to the Holy Land.
Natasha goes in search of answers to a mystery revealed to her by her mother, on her death bed, which involves the survival of Israel. Seventy years after the end of World War II a plot is set to destroy the Jews to mimic the disaster of Masada.
The Masada Faktor was conceived by Hitler in his last days. While in Israel, the Gaza War breaks out, complicating Natasha’s new life.
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Beneath A Stormy Cloud: Moving On Without Her

Naomi and Edith

The stinging reality of the effects of the Holocaust on the second generation is illustrated 
as Naomi Litvin attempts reorientation to the world at large after losing her mother, a  
Romanian Holocaust survivor. In her second book, Beneath A Stormy Cloud: Moving 
On Without Her, Naomi Litvin knits a jigsaw puzzle-like anthology of her mother’s 
poetry with her own juxtaposing responses. Within these pages Naomi’s thought 
provoking commentary is a deeply personal struggle with her grief. Edith was her 
mentor, heroine, and best friend. Mother and daughter share the stage in this creative, 
special slice of history. 
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London Book Festival Honorable Mention winner! The Masada Faktor wins!



GENERAL FICTION
WINNER: Thirty-Three Cecils – Everett DeMoirer
RUNNER-UP: - The Advance Man – Rick Robinson
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • The Vermeer Conspiracy – Eytan Halaban
  • Mountain Mysts - P. Ray Lewis/Danny Kuhn
  • Sturm – Ernst Junger
  • Eumeswil – Ernst Junger/Russell Berman
  • Benchere in Wonderland – Steven Gillis
  • Tikli & Lakmi Bomb – Aditya Kripalani
  • Treasure – Vanessa Leigh Hoffman
  • Prince of Conjurers – Laurie L. Bolanos
  • The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest – Donna Friess
  • Creole Moon the Betrayal – Suzon Holmes
  • Spying on You – Norman Keifetz
  • A Cup of Redemption – Carole Bumpus
  • The Laundry Room – Lynda Lippman-Lockhart
  • Three Deadly Twins – David A. Thyfault
  • The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest – Donna Friess
  • Raising Unicorns – K.M. Dalle
  • Faery Born – Donna Joy Usher
  • The National Memorial – John Barth
  • The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan – Whitney Dineen
  • Craved – Lola Smirnova
  • The Screw of the Tern – Thomas Blair
  • Beleagured Truth - Bill Messenger
  • The Bowes Inheritance – Pam Lecky
  • The Yellow Plantation on the Purple Sea – Gloria T. August
  • Remote Control – Chris McGrath
  • The Darkly Stewart Mysteries: The Woman Who..- Grahame Wood
  • The Masada Faktor – Naomi Litvin
  • Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café - Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
  • Sons of Eve - Timothy Epupa Ngenge
  • Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing Dares…- Nancy Freund Fraser
  • And Face the Unknown – Clifford Doyl Harper

The Masada Faktor: Judge’s Commentary, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards



The Masada Faktor, my new book, a Mediterranean noir, received an outstanding rating in the Self-Published e-Book Awards. I am honored, thrilled, and grateful to present the comments below.

3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
  
Entry Title: The Masada Faktor
Author: Naomi Litvin
Judge Number: 1
Entry Category: Mainstream/Literary Fiction           

"Gorgeous cover image of the stained glass window and brilliant to share the history of it. That lets the reader know that truly unique history is on the way, starting here. We get a nice art history lesson for those who might not be familiar with Maumejean Brothers. 
The author demonstrates a tremendous familiarity with art history, and shares it with us in an engaging way. 
The story has excellent sensory details. Author has taken good care to layer each scene, with not just views but experiential details that draw the reader in. We get at the start a musty smell, which we can smell as we’re reading, and the taste of wine. Author adds a lot of depth to the story with these well thought-out details. 
Watch out for those little moments in which social media is explained. It comes off as a little awkward, and removes the reader from the book experience. Trust that your audience knows what Twitter is without interrupting the narrative and jerking the reader out of the book’s descriptive depths. 
Author conveys movement very well. We get a nice fluidity in movement descriptions that I found very impressive. And we get visceral recaps of Nazi history that disturb us. 
These are well-handled, weaving a tapestry of history for a very naturally-written journey through that time and its tensions. 
Good use of the letters to bring us back and forth in time. Just watch out for some small typos like missing punctuation that distract the reader. Transitions between chapters are exceptional, and the ending more than satisfies with the question of ‘are we still not strong enough?’ Impressive."

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding.”

click books to buy on Amazon.comStructure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style:                                                   


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The Masada Faktor awarded Honorable Mention: Southern California Book Festival

It was fun to fly to Los Angeles to attend the awards dinner for the Southern California Book Festival. I had a wonderful evening! The Masada Faktor, my newly published book of adult fiction, received Honorable Mention and I gave a short speech which I am sharing below.


Hello everyone! It is so wonderful to be here to receive this Honorable Mention for The Masada Faktor. My page of acknowledgments in my book states, “I have no one to thank but myself.” But now, I am extremely grateful to be able to thank The Southern California Book Festival for this recognition and validation of my creativity in writing my first book of fiction. 
The Masada Faktor is my third book. My first two books are non-fiction. I am proud of those books, as I recorded my family history and also how my entire life was affected, both positively and negatively, as the child of both a holocaust survivor and the American GI hero who brought her to America. 
I was inspired to write the mystery of The Masada Faktor when I went to Israel last year in 2014. I made Aliyah, which in Hebrew means that “I ascended, or climbed a mountain.” I became a citizen of the Great State of Israel, while retaining my American citizenship.  Initially I spent six months in Israel. I traveled the country, lived in three different cities, was caught up in the Gaza War, and dreamed up the plots that played out in my book, while also documenting some of the history of terrorism that has occurred in Israel. 
While I was there, I went on a tour of Masada. I ascended that mountain, the ancient fortification and greatest Jewish symbol where, two thousand years ago, the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood. It was there that I conceived of what I was able to eventually put together to create The Masada Faktor. 
This book is my contribution in the fight against the existential threat that continues daily against my people and the terrorism that is now occurring worldwide by the barbarians at the gates. Thank you, again, for this incredible honor for my book, The Masada Faktor.

Some of the highlights of the evening..."Dear Southern California Book Festival Entrant:
It was an amazing night in an amazing part of Los Angeles on Saturday. Gathered at L.A. Live, we heard from the winners of the festival while dining on some amazing food at Fleming's restaurant. There were a few toasts, a few laughs, and some tears as we honored the winners of the 2015 event.
We heard from Jason Latshaw, whose first novel is destined to be a film or TV classic; enjoyed the back-story from former Romper Room host Karen Robbins on her innovative children's book; were moved by the amazing story of Ted Haskins, who only learned of his large family years after his birth; saw the beginnings of what's sure to be a new series from Tricia Stewart Shiu; learned of the power behind her mentor's work from editor Lila Ivey; heard about the triumphant journey of author Donna Friess thanks to the support and encouragement of her husband; and heard how great science fiction is created from Jonathan Maas.
It was a wonderful evening of celebration and we thank everyone who battled the snow to make it to Los Angeles!"

Fleming's, Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015 - photo by Naomi Litvin