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Rebirth Paperback – April 2, 2012
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"Moshe stood. `Heres the root of our problem. Most Arabs and Jews want peace. It's the radicals on each side who incite violence and who pressure peaceful Jews and Arabs to fight or die.' He pulled a paper from his satchel. `The grand mufti, Al Husseini, broadcast this message throughout Europe with Nazi funding: `Arabs, arise and fight for your sacred rights. Kill Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion." (p. 276)
Earlier, in chapter 17, Charles helps out a young Arab man who has run out of gas for his motorcycle.Read more ›
The protagonist in this drama, Charles, grew up in an anti-Semitic family, yet he comes to grasp and appreciate the importance of Israel to Jews and to the world. He falls in love with beautiful Gilda and learns about the Jewish underground which is fighting against the British who are siding with Arabs because of the British need of oil. These British are stopping Jews from returning to their homeland, despite the Jews suffering from and losing relatives to the Nazi holocaust.
Set in Palestine in 1948 it follows the beginnings of the new Israeli state as Holocaust survivors and Jews from around the world attempt to reunify their people and establish a Jewish state in accordance with what they believe is the fulfilment of ancient biblical prophecy.
One would think that after surviving the deprivation of Hitler's death camps, returning to what was foretold as the promised land would be a piece of cake. No so, we are told. It seems that the Mufti of Jerusalem was in concert with Germany in the late 1930's in solving what both agreed was "the Jewish problem". In addition, it was politics as usual and even the British were not all that happy about encroachment into their "piece of the oil rich Middle Eastern pie" after the war. The general view of Israel as "the spoiler in the Middle East" continues to this day.......as one can easily see by just picking up a daily newspaper.
To the casual reader, it remains a mystery how this small country has, over the past sixty-some years survived to become what amounts to a super-power in the Middle East. Perhaps, it is their strong religious beliefs coupled with a resilient never give up attitude that has helped this "nation of miracles" that, although surrounded by enemies, survives to this day in the face of almost overwhelming odds.
While this book was definitely worth the time spent reading it and did manage to pique my curiosity concerning the history of Israel, to someone truly interested in the in depth details, this is more a love story set in turbulent times that would qualify as "history lite". 3 1/2 STARS
I won't give away the entire story, but it is about a brilliant boy, Charles who fled his father's anti-Semitic organization in California and found himself in post-WWII Palestine. Finding himself there by hiding the truth about the reasons why he's even there and also because he falls in love with a beautiful young lady, who fog his decisions. He finds himself saying yes to something he isn't so sure he wants to be involved in. It is a thrilling story that teaches lessons about religion, country, territory and how people hold on to their own truth.
I can't wait until the next book is out!
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I will tell you that from the beginning of the book, the characters were definitely captivating. Read more
A moving story of two abused and traumatized victims who find each other against the backdrop of the birth pains of a nation. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Gary Parker
First, disclosure: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a review. My promise to the author was that my review would be candid and fair. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
In Rebirth Dave Longeuay has done a masterful job of recounting actual historical events, while weaving a beautiful fictitious story around these events. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by kraffty
This gripping story enables one to get into the heads and hearts of the Jewish people who lived through the holocaust and survived to re-establish the nation of Israel in 1948. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Song For Israel
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Once I started reading "Rebirth" I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for "Reborn" to come out so I can see what happens with Charles and Gladia next! Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Stephen Williams - Underground Hard Drive Radio Network
I enjoy reading historical fiction/nonfiction, so I knew that I would enjoy Rebirth, especially since I have always wondered what happened to the Jewish... Read more
`Rebirth' is the story of the founding of the nation of Israel. It uses as the vehicle to tell its story, the passage of a young man, Charles Devonshire, into adulthood and the... Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by wogan
Rebirth by Dave Longeuay is a fictional story set in 1948 when Israel was struggling to become their own country. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Nikole