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Books, Writing, History, and the Ritchie Boys

In "Books, Writing, History and the Ritchie Boys" I share my thoughts on certain books, the process of writing, the experiences of an indie-publisher, short pieces on WWII and the Holocaust, highlights of places from Immigrant Soldier, and, occasionally, profiles of Ritchie Boys. Everything in this blog reflects my personal ideas and feelings–a memoir of sorts, it is my perspective and any errors or omissions are mine.

The Real Hugo

In Immigrant Soldier, Herman recalls his childhood days as he sits in a deck chair during the stormy passage to America. He remembers the tension in the sunny, well-furnished home on Bernard Strasse and his mother’s unhappiness. When I first wrote this section of the book, much of the information I knew about Hugo had to be left out. Now, perhaps, some readers will be interested in the kind of man who ruled the Lang family home.

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World War II Veterans Are In Their 90s

Last week, I read an article in the Smithsonian Magazine , titled, “Lone Star,” a tribute to a 91 year old WWII veteran. 

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December 7, 1941- The News of Pearl Harbor Hits Los Angeles

Dear Readers, I am taking a break from writing in order to spend time with family and friends over the Holidays.  However, the first week of December always reminds me of the disastrous day that resulted in the United States entering World War II. 

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On The Road With Herman

 

 

 

Herman and I have been on the road for two weeks.  First in Florida, now in Arkansas, I have been visiting dear friends and making presentations at several community venues.  It has been at the same time, pleasant, enlightening, and occasionally frustrating. 

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The Best Job in the World - Working at the Zebra Room in Los Angeles

“Herman was sure he had landed a job in one of the most exciting nightclubs in Los Angeles. The Zebra Room Cocktail Lounge, its tall chairs upholstered in zebra skin, hummed with action from afternoon until long after midnight.”Immigrant Soldier, p. 141Herman as Busboy

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