Lives rebuilt, history reconstructed

Award-winning journalist Martin Fletcher combines story of his parents’ life in London after Holocaust with a historical thriller.

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September 15, 2011 15:05
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The List

Cover of book The List 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The List is not a Holocaust story. Its protagonists, Georg and Edith Fleischer, are not even Holocaust survivors in the strictest sense of the term. They are among the lucky ones – Jews who escaped Europe in time. But this, of course, does not mean they are unscarred. The list of the title is the register of names of family members that they cross off, one by one, as their fates come to light. This, too, can be considered “lucky”: Discovering how a parent, sibling, cousin or friend died, however horrific the circumstances, is better than never learning their fate.

Fletcher, best-known as NBC’s Tel Aviv bureau chief of more than three decades, writes in the author’s note that this is not the story of his parents. Nonetheless, he gave the main characters their names, and like the characters in the book, Edith and George Fletcher (once Edith and Georg Fleischer) were refugees from Austria who lived in London.

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