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Exodus '43

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Exodus '43
Call No: 823.914 G62e

Call Number823.914 G62e
Dates1982; ©1981
Statement of ResponsibilityJohn Goldsmith.
Creators & ContributorsGoldsmith, John (author)
Summary"The speaker is old Reuben Abrahamsen, one of the richest shipowners in Copenhagen, a man who has sought for sixty years to escape his own Jewishness. His granddaughter Rosa sits by his bedside, listening to his memories of the past and to his chilling vision of what is to come. He sees Nazis marching through the streets of Copenhagen, the Danish Jews being herded off to die, the poison of anti-Semitism sweeping into a country... but Rosa is not concerned with his thoughts about the future—after all, Denmark, if neutral, is safe. She knows, however, that it is Reuben's past that is about to engulf her. For, a fugitive from the Tsarist pogroms, he had found refuge in the freedom and tolerance of Denmark, and a fortune when he wrested a shipping empire from the Larsen family. The Larsens were never to forgive or forget; and now Rosa is in love with Valdemar Larsen. Their marriage revives old hatreds and splits their families apart. But, on April 9, 1940, the first of Reuben's prophecies is swiftly and brutally fulfilled: the Germans invade Denmark... On the first day of October 1943, the second of old Reuben's nightmares takes on a hideous reality: Hitler orders the destruction of Danish Jewry. This time tragedy unites both the nation and the two families. The Danes pull off one of the greatest mass escapes of the Second World War, spiriting over seven thousand of their Jewish compatriots away to safety in Sweden. Out of this tense, desperate exodus comes a genesis: of will for the Danish Resistance movement, of pride for the Danish people, of identity for Rosa's father Isak, who at last discovers himself as a Jew, and of faith for Rosa, giving her the strength to survive the hell of Terezin and Auschwitz." —Book jacket
Physical Description 289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
EditionFirst American edition
Notes"Previously published in Great Britain under the title Exodus Genesis" —Title page verso
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library