Our Holocaust by Amir Gutfreund

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Amir and Effi collected relatives. With Holocaust survivors for parents and few other 'real' relatives alive, relationships operated under a "Law of Compression" in which tenuous connections turned friends into uncles, cousins and grandparents. Life was framed by Grandpa Lolek, the parsimonious and eccentric old rogue who put his tea bags through Selektion, and Grandpa Yosef, the neighborhood saint, who knew everything about everything, but refused to talk of his own past.Amir and Effi also collected information about what happened Over There. This was more difficult than collecting relatives; nobody would tell them any details because they weren't yet Old Enough. The intrepid pair won't let this stop them, and their quest for knowledge results in adventures both funny and alarming, as they try to unearth their neighbors' stories. As Amir grows up, his obsession with understanding the Holocaust remains with him, and finally Old Enough to know, the unforgettable cast of characters that populate his world open their hearts, souls, and pasts to him...Translated by Jessica Cohen from the Hebrew Shoah Shelanu.

About Amir Gutfreund

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Our Holocaust is Amir Gutfreund's first novel and was awarded the Sapir prize in 2003.
Published February 7, 2012 by AmazonCrossingEnglish. 420 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From an early age, Amir and Effi were obsessed with the Shoah, an ever-present entity they actually knew nothing about because they were deemed “Not Old Enough.” Determined, they read library books, asked questions, snooped around, read old letters, piecing together whatever they could.

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In his first novel, Our Holocaust, Amir Gutfreund chronicles the quest of two irrepressible youths to determine what really happened during the Holocaust.

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