Charles S. Weinblatt

Charles S. Weinblatt was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1952. He is a retired university administrator. Mr. Weinblatt is the author of traditionally published fiction and nonfiction, including Jacob's Courage: A Holocaust Love Story. His biography appears in Wikipedia and the Marquis Who's Who in America. Mr. Weinblatt is a contributing journalist for The Examiner and a reviewer for New York Journal of Books. He writes novels and short stories and has had articles published as well.

Book Reviews by Charles S. Weinblatt

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“One of the greatest contributions of Judaism to the world is doing things for others. It is the reward of our lives.”
—Viktor Frankel, Holocaust survivor, author

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“Jere Krakoff, a lawyer, proffers a delightful satire with biting comedy and colorful characters.”

Judge Steifel frowned as he looked disdainfully at the jurors.

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“Antisemitism did not bring Hitler to power; a pervasive national crisis and the machinations of self-interested conservative politicians did.”

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Nearly every holiday magnified not just a personal gratitude, but a larger one . . .

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“Hermann, your mommy was arrested on September 25, 1944. Leni and I knew why, it was terrible. Your mother in the Gestapo hell. It was our wish to have you.

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“If twelve or fifteen thousand Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas . . . the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.”

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Nobody’s Son is the culmination of a family’s gradual demise.

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“If I can feel my heart breaking in this wretched way, then somehow I have come back. You would say that this is what any woman tells herself so she knows she is alive.

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“This is history, through the glass darkly, with all the attendant perils of the great darkness that was the Holocaust in Poland, both during and after the Second World War and in the decades of co

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And with every day that passes you become poorer within, the internal frost becomes sharper, the heart hardens. Yes, you are alive.

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Mischling is a gripping, powerful novel of twin Jewish girls who become victims of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments at Auschwitz.

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a fascinating window into European history and a murder mystery that is riveting right to the end.”

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“Chasing the North Star is an epic journey, vividly detailed, acutely satisfying, and ultimately hopeful.”

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“Abraham Lincoln is torn apart and adeptly reconstructed by author Stephen Harrigan.”

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When you’re on the last few pages of a book and find yourself longing for more, then you know that it is a very powerful read. Such is the case with Work Like Any Other.

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Yaakov Wodzislawski was not quite 14 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. A Jew, he survived harsh ghetto life and a labor camp in his home town, Czestochowa.

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Following in the footsteps of Isaac Beshevis Singer and Shalom Aleichem, Helen Maryles Shankman is an exquisite storyteller of early 20th century Eastern European Jewish life.

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Chava Nissimov was born into wartime Poland in 1939.

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“For me, the hardest thing to bear is not that Jews were massacred in Jedwabne and the area, but that it was done with such cruelty and that the killing gave so much joy.”

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After the horror of Kristallnacht in November 1938, the author’s frightened parents lived in mortal fear of Nazi persecution.

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The Pawnbroker is a haunting, powerful book about the vast gamut of human behavior, including some of the darkest moments in human history. But it’s not a book about the Holocaust.

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Joseph Polak is from the same nation as Anne Frank, The Netherlands.

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John Roth is one of a handful of highly respected and insightful authors on the topic of genocide.

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Seventy-five years ago, humanity witnessed the most horrific crime in all of history. Tens of millions of innocent people were murdered in an effort to make Germany the leading world power.

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Abraham Lincoln is one of the most haunting presidents in US history. Sightings of his ghost, and his assassin’s, have been reported for more than 150 years.

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“Alastair Reynolds weaves a tapestry of dark, dystopian societies in a tense, colorful narrative.”

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For a neophyte novelist, this story is superb.”

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“What is family? Is it something we inherit, or is it something that we build? The book was the key to everything, the key to my life.

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The Orphan Sky adroitly marries Cold War history with intrigue and young love.”

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Dead Wake is a masterfully researched, engrossing, and evocative book . . .”

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“From the dark, grimy delinquency of Brooklyn to the hot grasslands of the African savannah, Fiore’s exhilarating story and unforgettable characters sweep the reader onward.”

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“Christie gives the reader a provocative slice of Americana that is equal parts real and gripping.”

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“Dinezon’s writing is touching and evocative; his characters are vivid and memorable. . . .

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“Anyone with an interest in history, WWII, Nazis, Eichmann, the Holocaust, genocide, or the escape of many powerful Nazis to South America will find this book an amazing collection of old a

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“Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto is an excellent analysis of assimilated groups of Polish Jews who were forced to live together in the Warsaw ghetto from 194

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“Zimler’s character development is electrifying, and his plot rolls along ever faster into the depths of fear.

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“Have we any benefit from watching those innocent souls that we rejected murdered in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany?

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“While the story itself is not very unusual, to her credit, the writing is memorable and enjoyable.”

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“As a leader of the resistance, Lusseyran allocates his powerful intellect and considerable courage to defend his beloved France against Nazi tyranny. This 

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“thought-provoking explorations of the foundations of Jewish identity through literature . . .”

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“. . . this memoir is an evocative and rewarding reading experience.”

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“An inspiring story of courage and love.”

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Annabelle’s mother desires only to serve and love her self-immersed, narcissistic artist husband who paints her suggestively in the nude.

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“. . . an amazing story of how Denmark saved its Jews from Nazi Germany.”

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“. . . incredibly relevant lessons on Judaism and life.”

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In 1946, a young orphan from Poland arrives at a New York yeshiva where he will study and live.

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“. . . a compelling and inspiring novel . . .”

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“. . . the instinct for survival overpowers all other emotions.”

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“. . . a window to the massive Nazi plan to rid Europe of every Jewish man, woman and child.

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“That the majority of these POWs felt justified in murdering civilians is enough to chill the soul of almost any reader.”

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“Agata Tuszyńska has written a fiery portrayal of lives lived in horror as well as an exploration of the profound question of who really did collaborate with the Nazis.”

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“Elie Wiesel delivers a message of hope and tolerance in Open Heart.”

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“. . . a swift, unrelenting trip down a shocking rabbit hole of incredible and frightening reality.”

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“This genuine record of Nazi terror stands as a powerful literary achievement . . . a superb reading experience.”

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“. . . from the ashes of WWII, this story rises like a phoenix of love, dedication, and courage.”

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Hostage is destined to stand alongside Night as a masterpiece: a convincing story imbued with purpose, meaning, and an elegantly disguised sense of moral conviction.”

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“Mr. Hill is a cogent and descriptive writer.

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“. . . a brief but well-written exposition on a historical figure who was both maligned and misunderstood when it comes to written Jewish and Russian history.”

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“A Convenient Hatred is a profoundly authoritative resource for educators.

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“Locked together by the author, past and present radiate in this fervent tale of achievement, abandonment, influence, and rejection. . . .

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“The Auslander is a powerful piece of young adult fiction that appeals just as comfortably to adult readers.”

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“[Gretel Wachtel’s] defiance of the Gestapo and her willingness to serve time in a concentration camp gives Ms.

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“Faces in the Sand is a story of lost love, the terror of war, and one child who wishes to pull all of the pieces together. The ending is shocking and penetrating. . . .

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The Warsaw Anagrams is a fast-moving, powerful and intellectual murder mystery set within wartime Warsaw Poland during World War II.

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Anya’s War is a tender coming-of-age tale of a Jewish girl whose family escaped to Shanghai from the impending Nazi takeover of their home in Russia.

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The Defining Decade: Identity, Politics and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s is a very detailed examination of the transformation of the Canadian Jewish community during a tumult

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The Envoy is Alex Kershaw’s testimonial to Raul Wallenberg and his campaign to save the Jews of Hungary from extermination by Nazi Germany in 1944.

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This is the story of fifteen-year-old Rutka, a Polish girl orphaned by the Holocaust. Virtually all of her tight-knit Jewish family has been murdered.

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In his Holocaust memoir, My Three Lives, Phillip Markowicz bears witness to the countless innocent lives whose flames were extinguished for their “racial impurity,” as defined by Nazi laws