Promises to keep

Holocaust fiction continues to attract readers, as we try to figure out how something like this could have ever happened.

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Almost 70 years since the end of World War II, books about the Holocaust are still being written and published frequently. As the youngest survivors age, both personal accounts and historical fiction continue to shed new light on what it was like to live during one of the most tragic periods in Jewish history. One of those books is Jacob’s Oath by Martin Fletcher, an acclaimed journalist who served as the NBC News bureau chief in Tel Aviv for many years and is now a special correspondent for the news network.

On the very first page of Jacob’s Oath, in the “Acknowledgments” section, Fletcher expresses his thanks to a woman named Cheryl Gould, who once said to him, “I wonder why some German Holocaust survivors chose to live in Germany.” He thought it was a great question and decided to make it the theme of his next book.

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