Book review: THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE

As one who lived through the war (as a hidden child in occupied Czechoslovakia) and a student of World War II, I thought I knew a great deal about the Battle of Britain–a time when Great Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Erik Larson’s terrific book proved me wrong. While many books have been written…

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Larry Doby

Continuing to post short vignettes from my upcoming “coming-to-America” memoir, Cowboy from Prague, here is a story about a man who became my hero:   As a boy in post-war Europe, I had been a good athlete. I excelled in soccer, hockey, skiing, and tennis. No doubt, I inherited my father’s genes. He was not only…

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Book review: THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ

I’ve read perhaps a hundred books about the Holocaust. And as an author of my own memoir, I also find it interesting to examine how others tell their stories. I must say that I’ve never read a “Holocaust book” as touching, as disturbing, and as good as THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ. Antonio Iturbe’s book, translated…

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Hello, Baltimore!

The following is another vignette from my forthcoming book, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: “Holy Christ! What have we done?” I cry out after pulling over to the curb on a long, wide, endless street, lined on both sides with hundreds of little houses which seem to extend out to the horizon. The structures are identical, with…

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Book review: JACOB’S OATH by Martin Fletcher

Many books about the Holocaust have been written and I, as a Holocaust survivor myself, have read my share. However, very few authors have tackled the turmoil in post-war Europe and, particularly, the struggles of those who were liberated from the camps or from hiding. Martin Fletcher meticulously researched that post-war world in Germany and,…

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Coming to America

The following is another excerpt from my upcoming book with the working title, Cowboy from Prague:               Less than one month after landing in America with my two-word English vocabulary—“sank you”—my father hit me with a bombshell. “Tommy is going away for three weeks to be a summer-camp counselor in…

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Sink or Swim in America

Opening chapter of my upcoming book about the immigrant experience in America: “Come on, swim to me!” Water clogged my ears and I could barely hear my father, who had thrown me into the middle of Labe (Elbe) River in Czechoslovakia. Although I was nine years old, I had not learned to swim and now…

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JOE BIDEN AS GERALD FORD?

When historians look back at the past half century in America, they may not judge Gerald Ford as a great president. He was not elected to the office, and nothing world-shaking was accomplished by his administration. He did sign the Helsinki Accords, which were a first step toward the end of the Cold War, and…

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Herman Wouk, 1915-2019

One of my all-time favorite authors–Herman Wouk–passed away on May 17, 2019, at the age of 103. Mr. Wouk was known primarily for three epic historical novels: THE CAINE MUTINY, THE WINDS OF WAR, and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. In these books, he blended the history of World War II with a narrative power of fiction.…

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Book review: amazing stories of Denmark resistance in WWII

As one of the so-called “hidden children” of World War II, I’ve long admired those who fought against the Nazis–certainly the soldiers of the Allied armies, even those of the Red Army, and most of all, the citizens of occupied countries who resisted the Germans. A few years back, when I was researching my first…

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