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Thank you for taking a look at my book, The Auschwitz Violinist. Just in case you're still not 100% sure this should be your next read, I thought I'd tell you a little about how I came to write it.
The idea for The Auschwitz Violinist came to me after I read an article about inmate orchestras in Auschwitz. It turns out that Nazi personnel would gather up inmates who were also musicians and form orchestras with them. There were a number of these orchestras in Auschwitz, in the men's and women's camps both.
I thought it would be interesting to have my private investigator, Adam Lapid, investigate the death of an Auschwitz survivor and musician. With that half-baked idea in mind, I began writing The Auschwitz Violinist.
It turned out to be much more than a simply mystery novel. It became an emotional journey into the minds of survivors (not all of them, of course), and also a window into how some contemporary Israelis, those who had not been in the camps, looked upon these survivors.
So far, The Auschwitz Violinist has garnered enthusiastic reviews from readers, some of which surprised me with their praise. I hope that you'll try it out and see for yourself how much you like it.
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p.s. The Auschwitz Violinist is the third novel of four (so far) in the Adam Lapid series. Other books include Ten Years Gone, The Dead Sister, and A Debt of Death.
- File size : 3041 KB
- Publication date : December 7, 2016
- Print length : 232 pages
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B01MYXMI0H
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
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Before the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial, many Israelis poorly understood the experience of European Jews who had survived the Shoah, and the survivors rarely spoke about their experiences.
Some Israelis—sabras, “natives”—felt that European Jews had been too weak and compliant in the face of oppression. The “new Zionist man” would show the world that Jews couldn’t be pushed around. Survivors felt differently, of course. There had been little they could do, and there were few Gentiles willing to help.
After the war, radicals began targeting Nazi officers and camp guards for assassination because the Allies were doing relatively little to bring the perpetrators of genocide to justice. This the background leading up to the Mossad’s capture of Eichmann in 1960. The radicals also took a dim view of European Jews whom they felt had collaborated with the enemy: the Judenrat (ghetto police), Kapos (concentration camp supervisors), even musicians forced to play in camp orchestras.
Dunsky uses this mix of survival, collaboration, and vengeance as the background to The Auschwitz Violinist, which is the third Adam Lapid novel. On the whole, he does a good job. I will note, however, that when Dunsky introduced a particular character in particular, I had a premonition he would turn out to be the bad guy. And I was right. I can’t say whether this was because I have read too many mysteries or because Dunsky telegraphed the ending unwittingly. Probably the former.
So, three stars for The Auschwitz Violinist from me, but it’s still a page-turner, and I look forward to the fourth novel in the series.
It made it clear that the Jewish world is a kaleidoscope. I knew this of course,but to know and to realise are different things. this book gives us a magistral lesson in history and human reactions to horror and to the victims of horror. I met many different Jews in my 73 years on this earth, in France, Canada, Australia, the US and of course Israel, some even in india. I was most fascinated by those I met as a kid, who had gone through the October revolution in Russia, escaped to Paris, had to flee to Spain or Cuba or the US or ended up in camps during WWII, some who survived came back to Paris. Reading this book makes me understand much better the way these old guys reacted to my naive questions about these numbers on
their arm. And also why some of my friends who were relatives of those with numbers on their arm clammed up when I enquired. There is more to it but this is not the place to elaborate. the point is that we deal with a book that goes well beyond being a detective story, it has as I pointed out historical value, as well as psychological insight. With all due respect for Agatha Christie, Simenon and others, this book has another dimension. Of course one can ignore it and appreciate only the "who dunnit aspect" which is sdufficiwent by itself to make this bvook a great detective story.
The violinist invites Adam to hear a performance he’s given at a bar, and Adam goes. The music is haunting, not only for Adam but for the other patrons as well. Afterward, they part, with a promise to getting together again.
And then Adam finds out that, when he arrived home, the violinist committed suicide. The bar owner asks Adam to look into it, because the idea of suicide makes no sense in this case. As Adam starts, everything points to suicide. Only it points two well to suicide. Adam finds a letter in the man’s mailbox from a friend in Jerusalem. He visits there, only to learn that the friend had also committed suicide. And the friend had also been a musician in the Auschwitz orchestra.
It turns out to be murder. Two, in fact. And then Adam finds a third.
“The Auschwitz Violinist” by Israeli writer Jonathan Dunsky is the third in the Adam Lipid detective series, and it’s a dandy story. Dunsky combines Israeli modern history, the horrors of the Holocaust, and a hardboiled cynical detective hero to create a story and a series that are riveting and difficult to put down (I failed to put it down, reading it straight through).
The four Adam Lapid mysteries are “Ten Years Gone;” “The Dead Sister;” “The Auschwitz Violinist;” and “A Debt of Death.” He’s also published “The Favor: A Tale of Friendship and Murder;” “Grandma Rachel’s Ghosts;” “Family Ties;” “Tommy’s Touch: A Fantasy Love Story;” and other works. He was born in Israel, served four years in the Israeli Army, lived in Europe for several years, and currently lives in Israel with his family. He has worked in various high-tech firms and operated his own search optimization business.
Reading “The Auschwitz Violinist” has further confirmed me as an Adam Lipid fan. My problem is that I read them faster than Dunsky can write them.
Top reviews from other countries
The political problems in this region are unfortunately raging on but in 1949 there was such hope for a safer future. I only have the fourth one in the series to read and I will miss Adam and Greta very much