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This is a win from LibraryThing in October. From The Apple's website:

The world is captivated by a Holocaust survivor and his love story that he says began during his terrifying ordeal as an orphaned Jewish boy in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. Herman Rosenblat is feted by the media and is a celebrated guest on Oprah who calls his tale “one of the greatest love stories ever told.” His memoir is scheduled for a major worldwide release, and the movie based on his love story is set to shoot, when trouble begins to brew as outraged survivors and historians bring forward evidence to discredit key incidents in Herman Rosenblat’s account. At the last minute, his book is canceled amidst the year’s most controversial publishing story. Now, ostracized by many in his community, Herman finds himself in the middle of an angry debate about fact, fiction and the perils of embellishing a memoir, especially a Holocaust memoir.

Based on Herman Rosenblat’s life and love story, The Apple by Penelope Holt describes how real love and the dream of love keep the character of Herman Rosenblat alive amid the death and horror of Nazi Germany and during his years of struggle after the Second World War. The book explores Herman’s will to survive the War years, how loving parents and devoted brothers sacrifice to sustain him in the camps, and why he believes his destiny was to meet and marry his wife of fifty years, Roma, and to leave a legacy of hope in the wake of a genocide he experienced firsthand.


I'm very curious about the whole 'story behind the story' and I'm looking forward to reading this book!

11 comments:

bermudaonion on November 23, 2009 at 9:47 AM said...

I've heard a lot about this book so I'll be watching for your review.

Laura Fabiani on November 23, 2009 at 9:51 AM said...

Wow! This book sounds amazing. I look forward to reading your review. Will add to my wishlist.

Staci on November 23, 2009 at 3:21 PM said...

I'm so looking forward to when you review this one. It sounds like a tearjerker but one filled with hope!!

Cindy on November 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM said...

I haven't heard about this book before now. Sounds like a good book looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

Stephen Tremp on November 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM said...

I like navigating through cyberspace if only to reade resder reviews of books and look for good recommendations for me or my wife.

Stephen Tremp

Charles on November 23, 2009 at 6:14 PM said...

Sometimes authors use a novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany - most in gas chambers. Despite this knowledge, Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. Holocaust books and films help to tell the true story of the Shoah, combating anti-Semitic historical revision. And, they protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes.

I wrote Jacob's Courage to promote Holocaust education. This coming of age love story presents accurate scenes and situations of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps, with particular attention to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. It examines a constellation of emotions during a time of incomprehensible brutality. A world that continues to allow genocide requires such ethical reminders and remediation.

Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny's only hope.

Viewing the Holocaust through the eyes of young lovers represents a unique and emotionally penetrating analysis of Jewish life during the Shoah. Called, "Gut wrenching and heart rending" Jacob's Courage allows the reader to comprehend the terror experienced by Holocaust victims on a personal level. Yet, it also reveals the triumphant spirit of humankind and demonstrates how ordinary people can perform extraordinary acts of courage when the lives of loved ones are in danger.

Charles Weinblatt
Author, "Jacob's Courage"
http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/

Literary Feline on November 26, 2009 at 5:48 PM said...

I read a review of The Apple a couple of months ago that really piqued my interest. I can't wait to read your thoughts on it.

DCMetroreader on November 26, 2009 at 6:06 PM said...

I've seen The Apple on a few other blogs and it sounds like an interesting story.

Hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

i found this on video on gawker.com on herman rosenblat and the author. i wont be reading this book. makes me ill. look.

http://gawker.com/5330138/lying-holocaust-author-recounts-tale-of-thing-that-never-happened

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaronx_penelope-holt-publicist-and-hero-he_news

Anonymous said...

herman rosenblat is a national disgrace. a liar who lied about the death of six million people. the author tried to jusitify it all. shame on her.

 

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