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.

Did That Really Happen?

Readers of Immigrant Soldier often ask me how much of the novel actually happened and how much was born from my imagination.

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Faction—What Is It?

Since the publication of Immigrant Soldier in February of this year, I have been actively marketing it to museum gift shops. I am proud that through these efforts, the novel is now available at quite a few Holocaust and World War II museums across the country. However, several important museums let me know that their policy is to only take nonfiction works.

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Guest — Katie
Yes, most of the dialogue is created by me, though some of it is suggested by letters or based on what Herman said, he said. . . .... Read More
Saturday, 25 July 2015 14:46
Guest — Philip issenman
I am assuming that the dialogue has been imagined. Is this right?
Saturday, 25 July 2015 12:29
Guest — Lyn Long, Monarch Beach, CA
Excellent counter-argument!
Saturday, 25 July 2015 14:04
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In Their Own Words

My interest in the Ritchie Boys goes well beyond my uncle’s story. Luckily, there is a growing selection of memoirs and nonfiction accounts of the experiences of Ritchie Boys available to interested readers. Each man’s story adds to the literature of the Holocaust, World War II, and the “Greatest Generation.” I have selected five that I think will be of interest to those of you who want to know more about the Ritchie Boys. They are all available in bookstores or on Amazon.

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Life on the Ringstrasse and a Ritchie Boy Discovered


This year, I read two books that reveal the opulent life of many Jewish families living in Vienna, Austria before World War II. Both books are well worth reading for their intimate view of these families, the leaders of Austrian business, thought, and artistic culture in the first four decades of the twentieth century— of how they lived in Vienna and of how they escaped to find new lives flung across the globe.

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Guest — Jeannette Pease
What cool research. You must be having so much fun, Jeannette
Saturday, 11 July 2015 14:59
Guest — Karen
Woman in Gold is film. Lady in Gold is book. Why do you suppose they changed the title? This uncovering is so fascinating! Keep u... Read More
Saturday, 11 July 2015 15:58
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Family Album

Several of my readers have expressed disappointment that Immigrant Soldier does not have photos.     Other than the pictures used on the cover, I decided that because the book was written as a novel, it would be better without photos which might inhibit a reader’s imagination.  You will find some pictures of Herman on various pages of this web-site, including one on the author page of myself with Herman just a few months before he passed away. But for followers of this blog, I thought I would share a small selection of family photos.  I hope you enjoy these glimpses of Herman’s early years. 

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Guest — Katie
Thanks Lee. I did include the family shot of Fred and family for my Laguna Beach readers. The child in the picture is actually m... Read More
Saturday, 04 July 2015 13:26
Guest — Lee Winocur Field
Love the pics, particularly the younger Fred and family. You look the same. Amazing.
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:06
Guest — Lindsay Tognetti
Yes, Katie I really enjoyed the photos--feel they really add to the story which I so loved reading. Thanks for posting!!!
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:42
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