Friday, October 30, 12pm

HISTORICAL FICTION PANEL

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CHARLES BELFOURE
The Fabergé Secret

Like most gentiles in Russia, Prince Dimitri Markhov, a member of the Imperial Court, cares nothing for Jews. But when he sees the carnage of the Easter Sunday pogrom in Kishinev in 1903, he wonders what these people had done to deserve such brutality.

His close friend, Tsar Nicholas II, tells him that the Jews brought it on themselves because of their innate avarice. Dimitri meets a Russian doctor, Katya Golitsyn, who also knows of the slaughter of the pogrom. This has an even bigger impact on Katya when she finds out that her great-grandfather had converted from Judaism to Christianity. She now feels a personal connection to these oppressed people. 

Dimitri and Katya fall in love and both are transformed by the revolutionary movement to overthrow the tsar and his autocracy. Dimitri comes to realize that tsarist rule is responsible for Russia’s misery, including the pogroms. He must make a choice between his loyalty to Nicholas and the revolution that will bring justice to millions of Russians.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Charles Belfoure is The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect, a Jewish-interest book. A retired historic preservation architect, he is a good-natured gentile who grew up with Jews in Baltimore and will not bore people with a pretentious literary presentation. They learn about their own history, pogroms, and Fabergé Easter Eggs.

RJBF Charles-Belfoure
 
 
TOPIC: Historical fiction, Russia

BOOK: The Fabergé Secret is set to be released on January 5, 2021.
MEG WAITE CLAYTON
The Last Train to London

Based on true events, The Last Train to London tells the story of a Dutchwoman who, working with British and Austrian Jews, faces down Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna. 

In 1936, the Nazis are little more than brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family, and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend, brilliant Žofie-Helene, is a Christian whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control. 

Dutchwoman Truus Wijsmuller risks her life, smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany — a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss, as borders close to refugees desperate to escape the Reich. After Britain passes a measure to take in child refugees, ​“Tante Truus” dares to approach Adolf Eichmann in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future. 

This book will be published in over a dozen countries.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meg Waite Clayton’s National Jewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London is a national bestseller in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, sponsored by The Writers Lab. Meg’s novels include the Langum Prize-honored The Race for Paris and The Wednesday Sisters, an Entertainment Weekly 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she has published some 100 short pieces in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Runners World.

RJBF Meg-Waite-Clayton


TOPIC:
Historical fiction, Holocaust

BOOK: $17 for one copy of The Last Train to London
TALIA CARNER
The Third Daughter

This book shines a light on a little known and dark chapter of Jewish history. A young, vulnerable woman’s family enters into what was to be an advantageous match for an impoverished young girl whose family is fleeing a pogrom. Tragically, they have unknowingly sold their oldest daughter, Batya, into prostitution. Batya’s life and thousands of other young women have been scammed into a shameful life of prostitution in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

So many innocent victims were human trafficked by other Jews. This was perpetrated by prominent Jewish men praying on unsuspecting families, desperate for a better life for their daughters. Batya becomes Esperanza, but never loses her Jewish heart. She is repeatedly challenged and degraded, yet survives. All the women who were victimized were never given pity or love of the Argentine Jewish Community. 

The gang of thugs and their female victims were shunned. This made life even more difficult for God-fearing, good, young women. Many did not have the health or stamina to survive. Her grit and intelligence help her forge the path to freedom. Batya does meet some truly good men who aid her pursuit to reunite with her fractured family. The journey is fraught with difficulties and we learn of goodness and risks. This story is of a very unpleasant chapter in Jewish history with endearing and memorable characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Talia Carner is an award-winning author of five historical and psychological suspense novels that shed light on social indignities and atrocities. Formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums, she is committed to global human rights and has spearheaded projects focusing on female and children’s plights. She lives in New York and Florida.

RJBF Talia-Carner


TOPIC:
Historical fiction

BOOK: $17 for one copy of The Third Daughter

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