Working on my first novel of fiction involves a lot of research that I am doing in order to set the stage for my story. What is happening to me in this process is quite astounding. Just to be able to write the front matter and introduction, I found that I needed to read several books. O.K., maybe I am still in non-fiction mode, but I still need basic information. What I'm finding is making my spine tingle and I must share this with you.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
"Six months after Allied Forces liberated German concentration camps, a military tribunal formed at Nuremberg to prosecute Nazi war criminals. Some of the most dangerous were brought to justice - but not all. Documentary Conspiracy? reveals how over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the U.S. government, without the public's knowledge, to help fight the Soviet Union. Reinhard Gehlen, an intelligence officer for Hitler's General Staff, was tapped to head the U.S. intelligence program in West Germany to spy on the Russians. At the same time, former Nazi scientists and engineers were welcomed onto American soil. But the extent of these operations is only now becoming clear: In 1998, a law was passed mandating declassification of documents concerning recruitment of former Nazis. CIA AND THE NAZIS examines these files to see how far the U.S. went in recruiting its former enemy to fight its new one.
The truth is, thousands of former Nazis, some of whom committed atrocities, went to work for the United States government without the public's knowledge. During the war, their crimes ranged from overseeing slave labor camps to sending orphans to their deaths. After the war, they were on the US payroll either as scientists in America or as intelligence agents in Europe."
Watch the full documentary now: 45 min
Monday, January 26, 2015
#Free on #Kindle January 27 thru January 30: We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story ~ foreword by Sir Martin Gilbert: Kindle Store
Amazon.com: We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story eBook: Naomi Litvin, Sir Martin Gilbert: Kindle Store << click on the link
book trailer by Naomi Litvin
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
|screenshot from twitter 01/02/2015|
Dr. Roberta Seid tells how J Street "frequently endorses anti-Israel, anti-Jewish narratives."
They may claim to have changed in some of their rhetoric against Israel but to me, it is just more of the same.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
My second book, Beneath A Story Cloud is #Free on #Kindle December 14, 2014
This book is a tribute to Edith Festinger Litvin, my mother. Overcome with grief after losing her, I found myself reading her poetry, looking for clues in her writing that would give me the courage to go on. While writing the book I was with her again, existing only within the pages. Still searching for comfort and strength I made my way to Israel in a quest for answers as to how others were able to go on and have meaningful lives after what our people have endured. The continued blood libel against our people may never cease, but what lives on is the power of our conviction to survive in spite of it. Someone on twitter had written a blog decrying the weakness of the Jews who did not fight back against the Nazis. This enraged me, as I knew how this 'blame the victim concept' hurt my mother in the years after the war. As a friend privately pointed out to me, they certainly did fight back, but it was in prayer to Hashem, the only source of self-defense they had.
Please don't be afraid to read this book. It is not all sadness. It is just one small building block for the survival of the Jewish people.
Friday, December 5, 2014
|Naomi Litvin reporting from Israel|
Today, thirty years later, Pollard who had passed out in his cell was transferred to a prison ward. At this time in Israel (11:00 PM) there has been no more information released to the public regarding his condition.
No one besides conspiracy theorists and lunatics can actually think of a reason that Jonathan Pollard was denied parole last month by the parole board of the US Justice Department. That denial was reported to be "deeply flawed." A letter signed by eight senior US officials disagreed with the parole denial and implored President Barack Hussein Obama to set Jonathan Pollard free. Those officials included some who worked for the government at the time of Pollard's arrest: former CIA director James Woolsey, former Assistant US Defense Secretary Lawrence J. Korb, and former US National Security Adviser Robert C. MacFarlane.
To say that this is all about Pollard being Jewish is an understatement. While I agree that it is a large part of the equation; there is more. Can it really be that Obama still thinks Pollard is the currency needed to blackmail Israel into adapting to the behavior he desires? This manipulative, dysfunctional withholding of Pollard's life clearly illustrates Obama's sense of entitlement, control, and inability to empathize. Please see the Comprehensive Quick Update on the Pollard Case quoted below from the official website of Jonathan Pollard.
"Comprehensive Quick Update on the Pollard Case"
(from the official Jonathan Pollard dot org website)"J4JPnews - Updated July 13, 2014"Jonathan Pollard has been fighting for relief from an unjust and grossly disproportionate life sentence for 29* years The case has taken many twists and turns over that time, with many new developments and startling revelations.
Read the following brief items (listed chronologically) and immediately be up to speed on the current status of the Pollard case. Each item contains critical information and all of them together present an easy-to-read comprehensive overview of the history of the case with careful attention to factual accuracy.
- Editorial: CIA game changer - JPost
- Editorial: The buck stops here - JPost
- Editorial: Pollard's 10,000 Days - JPost
- Editorial: Pollard's Fate - JPost
- Op-Ed: Pollard's Catch-22 - JPost
- Op-Ed Pollard's Nightmare - JPost
- Editorial: Exposing the Charade - JPost
- Op-Ed: The U.S. Treason Libel against Pollard - Haaretz
- Dershowitz & Cotler Op-Ed: Pollard's release is a matter of justice - JPost
- Editorial: Spy vs. Spy - JPost
Thursday, October 23, 2014
|1995 Ford Aspire. I am the original owner.|
After six months in Israel making Aliyah, I found myself needing to return stateside to finish up some business activity that would allow me to afford living in Israel in the upscale manner that I prefer. That said, I miss Israel very much but it hurts so good to be here on the West Coast of the USA. Currently I am in the great Northwest working on said project. When I say hurts so good, I am just referring to the ease of procuring all of my basic needs with a car, and in English. Thanks to my brother Joe, who kept the blueberry, then returned it to me, I have wheels. Not having an auto in Israel was tough. Living in Haifa without a car did build some great muscles in my legs, but I am saying Baruch Hashem (Thanks to G_d) every time I get into my little auto.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, a terrorist attack and tragedy in Jerusalem has emotions stirring in me. The people of Jerusalem try to cooexist with the Arabs in East Jerusalem but it doesn't work out that way. Yesterday a Hamas operative drove his vehicle into a crowded Israel Light Rail stop killing a three month old American citizen and injuring many more. A second day of violence perpetrated by Arabs in Jerusalem has now caused officials to step up security.
I feel the silent call to arms... as I am sure all Israelis away from the Homeland feel; that urgency to return home immediately. What happened yesterday feels sickeningly familiar to when the three boys were kidnapped and murdered. And the beginning of the Operation Protective Edge, or just plain Gaza War.
What can I do to help? I don't know. But being there feels like the only option. Hopefully I will wrap up my business soon, and get back to where I belong.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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.
San Francisco, CA
Happy New Year!
Sunday, August 3, 2014
- In the article below by Professor Inbar, he states a compelling case for withholding economic aid to Gaza.
- I agree: as long as Hamas stays in control, economic aid strengthens Hamas.
- He speaks of the Germans and Japanese after World War II because there's a correlation in their demilitarization and the need to do the same in Gaza.
No to economic aid to Gaza
via Jerusalem Post
By EFRAIM INBAR
"Some aid will be directed to Hamas activists, and only what is left will go to the destitute. Those with the guns always get first."
"The developing international consensus to offer Gaza an economic package in order to convince Hamas to agree to a cease-fire is immoral and a strategic folly. It is also unlikely to be effective."
"One of the main reasons for Hamas harassing several million Israelis by launching thousands of rockets and sending terrorists into Israel, apart from the desire to kill Jews, was to rock the boat in order to get out of its dire economic straits. Getting paid for stopping its shooting at Israeli civilians looks like the “protection money” collected by the mafia."
"The morality of pouring money so that Gazans can live better is questionable as long as Hamas does not stop its terrorism against Israel. Unfortunately, establishing a clear connection between economic aid and political compliance is not on the agenda of the “peacemakers.”
"It is true that Gazans are suffering. Nevertheless, it is wrong to argue that the Gazans should not suffer the consequences of Hamas actions. Hamas was popular among the Gazans and continues to be so. Moreover, polls show support among Gazans for violence against Israelis. What moral justification exists for helping people that support an organization engaged in killing Israeli citizens and intent on destroying the Jewish state? Moreover, we should remember that the essence of war is a competition of inflicting pain in order to change patterns of behavior. Actually, pain may have a positive value in affecting the learning curve of the warring sides. Exacting a high cost from Hamas and the Gazans may lead them to more peaceful behavior. For example, it took a lot of suffering in World War I and World War II to transform German society into a less militaristic and less belligerent one. While not politically correct, such treatment might be the recipe for turning the Palestinians into peaceful neighbors in the long run."
"Moreover, economic aid to Gaza, as long as Hamas stays in control, strengthens its power and its grip over the poor Gazans. Allowing continued rule of Hamas, as the US plans, also undermines the rule of the more moderate Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas. Indeed the PA criticized the Kerry cease-fire proposal that favored Hamas."
"Yet, this clear strategic rationale seems to be taken over by sentimentalist responses to Hamas media manipulation. Instead of using the tough pictures coming out of Gaza to tell Gazans: “We told you all along that Hamas leadership would only make things worse” (just as has happened in other places where radical Islamists gain power), Western leaders seem to have foolishly decided that Gaza should speedily be rebuilt! The US efforts to bribe Hamas into behaving (while suspending aid to Egypt) are probably against American laws dealing with terrorist organizations."
"Promises of aid send the wrong signal. They tell Palestinians that their leadership can make grave, deadly mistakes, and nevertheless gullible Westerners and others will bail them out. It also signals to Hamas that it can continue shooting at the Jewish state; for if Israel repeats its military action, merciful donor states again will repair the damage."
"Diplomats are looking for formulas that will enable channeling aid to the Gaza Strip, bypassing Hamas."
"Realistically, there is no way to reconstruct Gaza without strengthening Hamas. The reconstruction of Hamastan in Gaza – an Iranian base that threatens Israel and many moderate Arab regimes – makes no strategic sense."
"America helped reconstruct Western Europe and Japan after World War II to make sure they would be ruled by friendly democratic regimes. Hamas is authoritarian and anti-Western. Moreover, its rule will doom the Gazans to continuous poverty and ignorance. It is simply silly to facilitate the continuation of Hamas rule."
"The history of humanitarian aid shows that outside economic aid is only as good as the ability of a recipient’s economy and government to use it prudently and productively. Like many Third World countries, Gaza lacks the legal and institutional infrastructure needed for effective dispersal of economic aid. Billions of euros transferred to the PA since the Oslo Accords have been squandered and misused by corruption and ineptitude."
"Very little aid filtered down to the people. Therefore, it is not at all clear that sending more money to the dysfunctional Gaza Strip will do any good."
"It is clear that a large proportion of the benefits of the external aid will be siphoned off to the corrupt Hamas leadership. Khaled Mashaal and Musa Abu Marzook are reported to be billionaires, while Ismail Haniyeh is only a millionaire."
"Some aid will be directed to Hamas activists, and only what is left will go to the destitute. Those with the guns always get the first and best cut of international aid sent to the suffering. This is what is happening everywhere international aid is dispensed. Gaza is not different."
"Humanitarian aid should be dispensed judiciously, while making sure that it does not preserve poverty and dependence. Even the friends of the Palestinian national movement should realize that it is time for tough love for Gaza."
"The author, a professor of political studies, is director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, and the Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum."