Nathan’s Bit­ter­ness and Salvation

Fred Daniels
  • Review
By – January 9, 2012
From child­hood Nathan’s life has been filled with the anguish and sor­row vis­it­ed on Jews by their Nazi cap­tors. The twelveyear- old Dutch boy has escaped the final solu­tion” by los­ing his Jew­ish iden­ti­ty, join­ing his par­ents’ con­ver­sion to Catholi­cism and begin­ning to study for the priest­hood. 

Hav­ing failed in this effort and every oth­er attempt to find con­tent­ment, includ­ing a hasty and ill-con­ceived mar­riage, Nathan flees his unhap­py life and turns to Israel and Ortho­dox Judaism where he final­ly finds peace. 

The painful, true sto­ry of this man’s fight for sur­vival is the sub­stance of this book, which begins with the near sui­cide of his wife and ends with his redemp­tion in Israel. The fre­quent looks back to his ear­li­er life are clear­ly estab­lished, and the events are nar­rat­ed with con­vic­tion and simplicity.
Claire Rudin is a retired direc­tor of the New York City school library sys­tem and for­mer librar­i­an at the Holo­caust Resource Cen­ter and Archives in Queens, NY. She is the author of The School Librar­i­an’s Source­book and Chil­dren’s Books About the Holocaust.

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