Intermountain Jewish News

Nov 30th

I expected more

E-mail Print PDF

Reading anything Holocaust-related is emotionally difficult. Reading the riveting, recently published Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding, is no different. Yet, something sets this book apart. I read it in one sitting this past Sunday.

Echoing the style of another riveting book, Lawrence and Aaronsohn by Ronald Florence, Hanns and Rudolf is a dual biography, interweaving the personal stories of Nazi SS officer Rudolf Hoss (whose name is spelled in various ways) and a Jewish German turned captain in the British army, Hanns Alexander. The books leads up to the convergence of these two parallel  lives.

Although the book is researched meticulously and is a historical record, it is a history veiled as a series of vignettes with the pace of a thriller, even though you know in advance what the outcome will be.

The contrast of two men, who dedicated their lives to precise opposites, is a striking dichotomy. Here are two biographies side by side, one of a Nazi sadist, a mass murderer, and the other of a German Jew caught in the clutches of pre-Holocaust Germany who escapes in the nick of time. He returns to Germany one final time, this time not as a refugee, but as a Nazi hunter for the British.

As soon as I completed the book, I thought to myself: This might just be another “Schindler’s List” in the making. I became curious about the Nazi in the book, Rudolf Hoss, kommandant of Auschwitz, under whose watchful eye the final solution was systematically carried out.

The rest of this article is available in the IJN's print edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or subscribe to our new online e-Edition.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2013 01:47 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Amy Schumer poses nude for Pirelli calendar

Gabe Friedman Jewish comedian and actress Amy Schumer stripped down for Annie Leibovitz in a photograph that appears in the latest Pirelli calendar. How did she describe the photo? “Beautiful, gross, strong... [Link]

Sheldon Silver, ex-NY Assembly speaker, found guilty on all 7 corruption charges

Gabe Friedman Silver, who served as speaker for over 20 years, faces a maximum sentence of 130 years in prison. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh to hold landmark talks with White House leaders

Gabe Friedman The Joint Arab List chairman reportedly will be the first prominent representative of Israel’s Arabic community to engage in high-profile diplomatic talks in Washington, D.C. ... [Link]

How a Jewish trans father inspired a hit series

Lisa Keys Jill Soloway, the award-winning creator of ‘Transparent,’ dishes on her own family and what to expect in the show’s second season. ... [Link]

Study: Conservative shuls spend on operations at expense of engagement

Uriel Heilman Conservative synagogues are more than twice as likely to have a cantor as an associate rabbi, a new survey found. ... [Link]

Why I hired a Belgian butcher to circumcise my son

Cnaan Liphshiz In Amsterdam, arranging his son’s bris meant dealing with bureaucracy and some unexpected rebuke, JTA’s Europe correspondent writes. ... [Link]

Joseph Silverstein, renowned violinist and conductor, dies

Marcy Oster Silverstein also left his mark in the field of Jewish music, with two notable recordings for the Milken Jewish Music Archive. ... [Link]

Abbas claims Israel is harming the environment

Gabe Friedman “Our resources are being usurped, our trees are being uprooted, our agriculture is being destroyed,” Abbas said at the U.N. climate conference near Paris. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942 • •