From Vienna in the 1930s to England in the 1940s, and back, The Third Man is a story of dispossession, refuge, and the search for justice and humanity. Focusing on two Jewish families as the Holocaust approaches, the book zeros in on two individuals who wind up having to make difficult moral choices. Five-year-old Julie Bernstein is sent to safety in England via the Kindertransport. Growing up in a foster family troubled by traumatic events, Julie thrives, but the growing violence in British-controlled Palestine — violence that spills over into Britain itself — forces her to reevaluate who she is and what she stands for. Ignaz Natanson, a butcher’s apprentice, escapes to England, is interned as an enemy alien, changes his name, and joins the British Army. He winds up in Vienna and returns, post-war, to track down the person who, for him, epitomizes the Nazi nightmare. Inspired by the author’s family, the novel presents a world of dehumanization and death but also of courage, love, and shared humanity.
The Third Man
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
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