OK, so a book titled Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946 may seem an unlikely contender for a beach reading list. But after reading Adam Kirsch’s review on Tablet yesterday, I went right to Amazon.com and ordered it. And it is coming with me to the beach in August (that is, if I don’t somehow tear through it before then).
It’s not just Kirsch’s review, of course, that has drawn me to the book. It’s the connection with my own family history, which I’ve referenced on this blog and elsewhere. It’s the fact that my own paternal grandparents were in “flight from the Reich,” refugee Jews in the United States from the late 1930s on.
Do read the review. And then, if you are so inclined, read the book. And tell me what you think.