Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

In Lili Mar­lene, authors Liel Lei­bovitz (Aliyah) and Matthew Miller reveal the dra­mat­ic sto­ry of an icon­ic love song, its three cre­ators, and their lives under the Nazis. Lili Mar­lene,” the unlike­ly anthem of World War II, cut across front lines and ide­o­log­i­cal divides. This love song began as a poem writ­ten by a Ger­man sol­dier dur­ing World War I. The sol­dier poet’s words found their way to Berlin’s deca­dent cabaret scene in the 1930′s, where they were set to music by one of Hitler’s favored com­posers. The song’s singer, how­ev­er, soon found her­self torn between her desire for fame and her per­son­al hatred of the Nazi regime. In Lei­bovitz and Miller’s nar­ra­tive, the three artists’ remark­able sto­ries of arrests and close calls inter­twine with the rec­ol­lec­tions of sol­diers on all sides who found solace and hope in Lili Marlene.”

To read more about Lili Mar­lene, check out the wiki entry here.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.