Ravensbruck By Sarah Helm Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 633 pages


Welcome to hell on earth. This Nazi nightmare is called Ravensbruck, a slave labor camp for women. The prisoners worked and lived in unspeakable conditions, were fed almost nothing and abused by their guards; when they became “useless mouths” (Nazispeak for those unable to work), they were gassed, shot or simply sent into the cold,… Read More

All Who Go Do Not Return By Shulem Deen Graywolf, 310 pages


Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Chasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to question, might see his exile as punishment for having tasted from the tree of secular knowledge, but it’s not that simple. “There was no… Read More

Léon Blum, Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist By Pierre Birnbaum


Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland in 1936, Mussolini consolidated his hold on Italy, and Franco began his conquest of Spain. Nazism and fascism were ascendant. But in France, the situation was very different. A socialist Jewish intellectual became the head of the French government. For a brief moment, while much of Europe spiraled into a Nazi… Read More

A Good Place to Hide By Peter Grose


Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborators. But some books have been criticized as inaccurately portraying how Le Chambon and its surrounding villagers and farmers saved thousands. Peter Grose seeks… Read More

The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table By Jeff and Jodie Morgan


With Passover in the rear-view mirror, a common problem facing many kosher cooks is just what to do with all of the newfound culinary freedom. You can eat chametz, now what? But epicurean adventure needn’t be found in the land of the exotic. As winemakers Jeff and Jodie Morgan demonstrate in their new cookbook, high-minded… Read More

Yesha is Fun: The good life guide to Judea and Samaria By Karni Eldad


When Ha’aretz approved writer Karni Eldad’s idea for an article on bed and breakfasts in Judea and Samaria, the left-leaning Israeli newspaper probably didn’t envision that the assignment would be the precursor to an entire book on the subject. But after Eldad discovered the abundance of boutique tourist attractions in the area, that’s exactly what… Read More

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder By Bret Stephens Sentinel, 288 pages


Risk, the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a… Read More

Catch the Jew! By Tuvia Tenenbom Gefen Publishing House, 484 pages


While visiting Israel in March to speak at Hebrew University’s conference marking 50 years of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, Tuvia Tenenbom stayed clear of Ramallah. But Jibril Rajoub, the former head of the Palestinian Authority’s Preventative Security Force, had welcomed him as a VIP when Tenenbom arrived as “Tobi the German journalist.” Tuvia is now a… Read More

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz By Göran Rosenberg Other Press, 331 pages


Two tragedies ruined the life of Göran Rosenberg’s father, once a third-year student in a Polish textile college. The first was the Shoah, which ripped him from his world, then destroyed it. The second took longer, starting at age 24, when he and 30,000 other survivors were brought to Sweden for rehabilitation. Posthumously addressing his… Read More