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Plunder : a memoir of family property and Nazi treasure / Menachem Kaiser.

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 940.5318 KAI (Text) 33500013372206 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781328508034
  • ISBN: 132850803X
  • ISBN: 9780358449836
  • ISBN: 0358449839
  • ISBN: 9780358449904
  • ISBN: 0358449901
  • Physical Description: 288 p.
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
"From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his family's apartment building in Poland-and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    When you go adventuring, you never know what you may find. Fulbright fellow Kaiser invites the reader to share his journey to reclaim family property lost during the Holocaust. The twists and turns are many and complex, primarily involving dives into Jewish culture and history, treasure hunters, a Jewish survivor's memoir/diary, and the bureaucratic nightmare of the Polish legal system. Family is what holds all of these threads together, and what makes Kaiser's account so engaging is the skill with which he weaves everything together in multiple dimensions; even the title has many meanings. Consequently, this is much more than a legal case to assert ownership of an apartment building or a grandson continuing his grandfather's quest. Tragedy, regret, loss, the desperate struggle for survival, and despair saturate this Holocaust story, but Kaiser renders them carefully, so as not to overwhelm his findings about myth and meaning in memory. This exceptional book will deeply engage readers interested in Jewish, Polish, and WWII history, especially the Holocaust and its aftermath, including the redemptive hunt for family treasures stolen by the Nazis. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    When you go adventuring, you never know what you may find. Fulbright fellow Kaiser invites the reader to share his journey to reclaim family property lost during the Holocaust. The twists and turns are many and complex, primarily involving dives into Jewish culture and history, treasure hunters, a Jewish survivor's memoir/diary, and the bureaucratic nightmare of the Polish legal system. Family is what holds all of these threads together, and what makes Kaiser's account so engaging is the skill with which he weaves everything together in multiple dimensions; even the title has many meanings. Consequently, this is much more than a legal case to assert ownership of an apartment building or a grandson continuing his grandfather's quest. Tragedy, regret, loss, the desperate struggle for survival, and despair saturate this Holocaust story, but Kaiser renders them carefully, so as not to overwhelm his findings about myth and meaning in memory. This exceptional book will deeply engage readers interested in Jewish, Polish, and WWII history, especially the Holocaust and its aftermath, including the redemptive hunt for family treasures stolen by the Nazis. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

MENACHEM KAISER holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and was a Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, New York, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Subject: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Poland > Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie) > Reparations.
Kaiser, Meir Menachem, 1921-1977 > Family.
Inheritance and succession > Poland.
Jewish property > Poland > Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie) > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Claims.
World War, 1939-1945 > Destruction and pillage > Poland.
Kaiser family.
Treasure troves > Poland.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland) > History > 20th century.
Kaiser family.
Destruction and pillage.
Families.
Inheritance and succession.
Jewish property.
Treasure troves.
War reparations.
Poland.
Poland > Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
HISTORY / World.
Genre: Claims.
History.
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