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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: America Star Books (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462657702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462657704
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,271,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy A. Ossias on April 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I'm the authors' daughter. I was with my parents, Rita (now 87) and Morris Ossias (91), on a trip to Israel to visit relatives. At Leah's, my mother was 'shanghaied' to the kitchen without my dad or me, and told the deep, dark family secret revolving around Leah's late husband -- my mother's first cousin "Victor" (whom I'd in fact met when I was a child and whom I vaguely remembered). Mom's father (my very own gramps we visited in Flushing, then Co-op City) had a sister back in Poland named Adele who was quite beautiful; no exaggeration: I have a photo of her and she was a knockout. Well, the family secret surrounded Adele's love affair with an aristocratic Catholic priest during World War I, which produced Victor, her fourth child. And what was a girl to do?
The book is about Adele, her lover "Friedrich," their son Victor, the Jewish family Adele left, the 'identity crisis' Victor struggled with for the rest of his life, and the turbulent times in which they all lived -- World Wars I through II and beyond.
The book is dramatic, gripping, well-written (notwithstanding the proofreader's failure to fulfill her [my] promise to correct the manuscript, so there are several punctuation and other minor typographical errors). PublishAmerica, the "on demand" publisher, publishes 'as is'; thus, any errors in the manuscript it received have remained in the book. Please disregard the errors and read the book for its story, knowing that it is based on a very true story about real people we knew.
I guarantee you'll enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FinerLines on May 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was loaned to my husband whose grandfather was one of Adele's brothers. It was wonderful to read about the family history my husband has been wanting to know more about for so long! It was a very easy read and interesting on its own merits . It would make a good movie plot! The story also reminds us that we truly must never forget such a terrible time in world history when ethnic hatred nearly obliterated the Jewish people and their culture. Unfortunately such horrors still go on today under the "sanitized" name of Ethnic Cleansing! When we will ever truly learn?
Kudos to Rita and Morris for sharing this story with their family and the world. A great read!
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A fascinating family story about a difficult time in our world. The writing mistakes did not detract from the story.
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"Who Was Victor?" has an interesting premise but the book is very amateurish and is poorly written. The husbsand and wife who were Victor's relatives seem like very nice people but I believe they made a mistake by not letting a professional writer tell the story for them. I was disappointed in the book and it did not meet my expectations.
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