Overall Rating: 5/5
Read it, or save your time? If you don’t love this book, you may want to go see the Wizard and ask him for a new heart…
What’s it about? An elderly man, Ben Solomon, accuses well-respected billionaire philanthropist Elliott Rosensweig of being a Nazi SS officer during WWII. He claims Rosensweig, who he once considered a brother, betrayed his entire family and committed atrocious crimes. Although Solomon’s accusations are largely dismissed as the rantings of a crazy old man, Solomon gets a lawyer and sets out to expose Rosensweig. The question remains throughout the book…is Ronsesweig guilty, or not?
The story flips between present-day Chicago and Nazi occupied Poland, as told through Solomon’s recollections. The best parts of the book are by far the flashbacks, where you really get a vividly haunting look into Jewish life under Hitler’s regime.
The story is told in a fluid, easy manner that sucks you in and engulfs you. Be prepared to shed a few tears – some happy, some sad. I liked this book so much that I pretty much did nothing all week except read. My husband felt neglected but now he is reading it and is equally engrossed!