Vic Shayne has told Martin Small’s story with clarity, sincerity, and balance — beginning with the closeness of his loving family, the traditions of the shtetl, and wisdom of one’s elders — and ending abruptly and brutally with the mad incursion of the Nazis and the shocking transformation of local anti-Semites and even neighbors, some of whom buried Small’s family alive. How could it happen? It was as if they had become bewitched and transformed into pure evil. From work camps to the partisans of the Nowogrodek forests; from Mauthausen to life as a displaced person in Italy; from fighting in Israel to ultimately coming to America, this is a must read account, with its twists and surprises, but primarily because of the ethics and mantra of a remarkable man. An outstanding memoir, with a startling ending. Afterword, epilogue, family photos, notes.
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.