Quiet Americans - Stories by Erika Dreifus
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card, which supports survivors of Nazi persecution and their families in the United States. Quiet Americans has been named a Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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“Herschel Grynszpan was a 17-year-old Jewish refugee whose family succeeded in smuggling him out of Nazi Germany and placing him with an uncle in Paris. In 1938, Herschel resolved to carry out an act of resistance to Nazi persecution of the Jews by assassinating a diplomat in the Paris embassy of the Third Reich, a man named Ernst vom Rath.”