Amidst Latvians During the Holocaust by Edward Anders

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***Rated one of "Best Books of 2011" by KIRKUS REVIEWS. ***Anders's remarkable reminiscences show that in the morass of the "Bloodlands" there were honest, helpful people of Latvian, German, Slavic descent, illustrating the utter absurdity of the "collective guilt" concept. -FRANK GORDON, journalist, Tel-Aviv. ***Surviving the Holocaust by a hair, Anders became a brilliant scientist. Upon retirement, he turned to Holocaust studies. Part I is a memoir of his youth, including the Soviet and German occupations of Latvia. Part II discusses, with objectivity and precision, Latvian conduct during WWII. -ANDREW EZERGAILIS, Professor of History, Ithaca, NY. ***Anders survived by an outright lie (invented by his father) that his mother was a German foundling raised by a Jewish couple. His father was soon executed, but Edward and his mother bluffed their way through the nightmarish years of the German occupation (1941-1945), helped by the good will of the non-Jews among whom they were living. -MORRIS HALLE, Institute Professor of Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, MA. ***Much has been argued about whether Soviet and Nazi terrors are comparable. Anders, a Latvian Jew who savored and survived both, presents a compelling personal story and a dispassionate analysis of the events surrounding victims and victimizers as they were drawn into the most tragic episodes of recent European history.--PĒTERIS BOLŠAITIS, Board Chairman, Occupation Museum Association, Riga. 

About Edward Anders

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Anders is Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, University of Chicago.
Published January 24, 2012 by Occupation Museum Association of Latvia. 212 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Anders’ subdued, matter-of-fact account bears witness to terror and sorrow without histrionics, and to a simple moral vision—“I met enough decent, brave, and noble Germans and Latvians during the war to be immunized against prejudice”—that resonates.

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