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Biography of Lou Dunst tells of his three lives

My Bargain with God: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst, by Ben Kamin. Sunbelt Publishing, Inc., El Cajon, California, 2014. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — San Diegan Lou Dunst has had at least three lives. Family love gave Lou the foundation and core of who he is today. Growing up as the youngest […]

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Book traces church’s warming toward the Jews

From Enemy To Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews,  John Connelly, author. Harvard University Press, 2012, 376 pp. By David Strom CHULA VISTA, California— From Enemy to Brother is a powerful and moving account of the origins and passage of the 1965 Vatican II document on Jews that changed centuries of official […]

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‘The Liars Gospel’ reinterprets life of Jesus

By David Strom SAN DIEGO–For someone who does not know much about the birth of Christianity, The Liars’ Gospel provided easy access into those biblical times. The author, Naomi Alderman, a British award winning writer, gives what I believe to be a Jewish view of the times. She reimagines the life of Jesus, from the […]

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Novel tells of women’s plight in Satmar society

By David Strom SAN DIEGO —I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits is her first novel in English. The main characters are religious Hasidic Jews, followers of the Satmar rebbe living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Josef Lichtenstein, an orthodox follower of the Satmar rebbe, was five years old when he witnessed the murder of his younger sister […]

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Probing the family ‘attic’ for mental illness

Annie’s Ghosts, by Steve Luxenberg, Hyperion Bks, 2009, New York, 401pgs. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — In April of 1995, Steve Luxenberg was shocked. His older sister Sashie telephoned and said, “You’re never going to believe this. Did you know that Mom had a sister?” For forty-three years of Steve’s life his mother, Beth, […]

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Novel tells of sex-abuse coverup in Chasidic community

By David Strom SAN DIEGO — Sexual abuse probably occurs in most societies as well as in American subcultures. How it is handled within any particular cultural grouping may differ, but in the end there is always a victim and a victimizer. The general perception among many in and outside of the Church is that […]

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Biography reintroduces Rachel Beer, ‘First Lady of Fleet Street’

  The First Lady of Fleet Street: The Life of Rachel Beer, by Eilat Negev and Yehudah Koren, pub., Bantam Books, New York. 349pp. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — A new book, The First Lady of Fleet Street, is about the life and times of Rachel Sassoon Beer, a woman who died in the […]

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A man of peace from Gaza

I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish;  Walker & Company, New York, 2010. 238 pages. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — Izzeldin Abuelaish is an amazing person. Being born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza strip did not deter him from becoming a spokesperson for peace everywhere in the world and, […]

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‘Streetsweeper’ intertwines Holocaust and U.S. Civil Rights Movement

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman. Riverhead Books, New York. 626pp, 2012, ISBN 978-0571236848 By David Strom SAN DIEGO — Elliot Perlman wrote an engrossing novel about today and the “not so recent” past. He has beautifully integrated knowledge of the Holocaust with the American Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties through characters […]

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Rubenstein’s biography of Trotsky is informative and balanced

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life by Joseph Rubenstein. Yale University Press, 2011, 225pp. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — In his book, A Revolutionary’s Life, Joseph Rubenstein wrote a well-researched biography of Leon Trotsky that is neither a fawning nor a completely derogatory view of this twentieth century revolutionary. His book is rich in detail […]

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Book probes schism in Lubavitch world over messiah’s identity

Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights, by Matthew Shaer. John Wiley Press, 2012. 243pp. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — On December 29, 2007, the Crown Heights Shomrim (Hebrew for guards) Rescue Patrol answered a call for help from the Lubavitcher yeshivah student dormitory at 749 Eastern Parkway, […]

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‘Jews and Booze’ tells of a people’s involvement with liquor

Jews and Booze: Becoming American In the Age of Prohibition , by Marni Davis. New York University Press, 248pp. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — At the next family simcha (joyous occasion) as I raise my kiddish cup, I might think about the Jewish connection to alcoholic beverages, realizing that wealthy Jews, prior to the […]

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‘You People Were Thirsty’

By David Strom Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Scribner, New York. 2010, 468pp. SAN DIEGO — On a warm day in July of 1966, two magazine journalists writing about the liquor industry and Prohibition wondered what Sam Bronfman’s role was during the Prohibition era. Most of the time when Sam answered that […]

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Have foes and even sympathetic friends “ended” the Holocaust?

By David Strom David Strom SAN DIEGO — Alvin Rosenfeld, the author/editor of several important books about the Holocaust, has written a book that is thoughtful and challenging to our perceptions of what the Holocaust means. The End of the Holocaust is a critical survey of the vast range of assaults on our collective Holocaust […]

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