Blogs, Bio, Conversations with Naomi, Book Reviews

31 December 2016

                           
2009-2010

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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