Synopses & Reviews
Amir and Effi collected relatives. With Holocaust survivors for parents and few other "real" relatives alive, relationships operated under a "Law of Compression" in which tenuous connections turned friends into uncles, cousins and grandparents. Life was framed by Grandpa Lolek, the parsimonious and eccentric old rogue who put his tea bags through Selektion, and Grandpa Yosef, the neighborhood saint, who knew everything about everything, but refused to talk of his own past. Amir and Effi also collected information about what happened Over There. This was more difficult than collecting relatives; nobody would tell them any details because they weren't yet Old Enough. As Amir grows up, his obsession with understanding the Holocaust remains with him, and finally Old Enough to know, the unforgettable cast of characters that populate his world open their hearts, souls, and pasts to him?
"Gutfreund's writing is brilliant, his teasing narrative mesmerizing, and the thought behind it subtle and extraordinarily limber in its shadings of Jewish life under the Nazis. This is no beginner's effort, but a powerhouse accomplishment." Seattle Times
"A moving and informative exploration of the thoughts and experiences of a young person surrounded by survivors." Kirkus Reviews
"The spare accounts of unspeakable brutality, suffering, and sacrifice stay with you, and so do the big questions." Booklist
"Humanity wins out in this highly recommended book." Library Journal
Amir's entire family knows everything about everything, but they refuse to talk about the past. Will he ever learn the truth? "Our Holocaust" was selected for the B&N Discover New Writers Program, and "Library Journal claims that "Humanity wins out in this highly recommended book for all..."
About the Author
Amir Gutfreund was born in Haifa in 1963. After studying applied mathematics at the Technion, he joined the Israeli Air Force. Our Holocaust is his first novel. Awarded the Sapir Prize in 2003, Gutfreund lives with his wife, a clinical psychologist, in Tel Aviv.