Day After Night by Anita Diamant
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Just as she gave voice to the silent women of the Hebrew Bible in The Red Tent, Anita Diamant creates a cast of breathtakingly vivid characters—young women who escaped to Israel from Nazi Europe—in this intensely dramatic novel.

Day After Night is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for “illegal” immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp who survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to hope, the four of them find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.

Diamant’s triumphant novel is an unforgettable story of tragedy and redemption that reimagines a singular moment in history with stunning eloquence.
 

About Anita Diamant

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Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown, as well as the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts. Her most recent novel is Day After Night. Visit her website at www.anitadiamant.com.
 
Published September 3, 2009 by Scribner. 308 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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These memories are their constant companions, but people at Atlit avoid talking about the past: “It was all about Palestine.” The underground Jewish fighting force plans to break out the detainees and lead them to the kibbutzim.

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Diamant's interpretation of the founding of Israel centers on several young women, many of them survivors of the Nazi concentration camps, attempting an escape from another camp, this one a British internment center in Palestine.

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Book Reporter

Four brave young women --- Holocaust survivors --- are freed along with thousands of others, only to find themselves again behind rolls of razor wire.

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The Bookbag

Ironically, these questions often lead the women on to doubt the God who has allowed this to happen, whose festivals are now celebrated so joyfully in the camp.

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USA Today

Best known for The Red Tent, which re-imagined the lives of women during biblical times, Anita Diamant now tells the story of Holocaust s...

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Historical Novel Society

As the author brings us up to date on their lives, it came as a shock to realize that I wouldn’t be able to eavesdrop on their experiences post-Atlit, that their lives have already been lived.

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About.com Bestsellers

Diamant's novel is a fascinating tale about the aftermath of the Holocaust and the struggle that Jewish people of all nationalities faced as they worked to establish a new country.ProsBased on a true story, 'Day After Night' is a fascinating historical taleCons'Day After Night' tells the stories ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Day After Night is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for “illegal” immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa.

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Red Room

This image shows military and civilian deaths by countries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_War_II_Casualties2.svg Concentrations Camps: While the idea of concentration camps developed long before the 20th century, the first concentration camp in Germany was in 1933.

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Kansas City Public Library

Best known for retelling the stories of biblical women in her 2007 book The Red Tent, Diamant again tells the story of a group of women – this time basing her story on the actual historical events surrounding the mass breakout of a detention center for Jewish refugees who were attempting to e...

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The Jewish Chronicle

She now fast-forwards to Palestine 1945, where four very different — achingly young — women struggle to harness hope after the Holocaust.

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St. Cloud Visitor

She has done five more guidebooks to Jewish life, including The New Jewish Baby Book and Living a Jewish Life.

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Stew Over

The lives of the survivors are studied now, but I have never read a book that concentrated on the immediate aftermath of World War II.

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