Book Review: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner is now in paperback.

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In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner (Simon & Schuster; 336 pages; $28.99).

            When the world as we know it shifts beneath our feet and nothing is recognizable, many of us cope through writing.  Words become a haven.

 

Elie Wiesel, the Romanian born, Jewish-American Nobel Laureate, was only fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Buchenwald.  His mother and sister died there.  So did his father, who perished shortly before the Americans liberated the camp in April 1945.  Wiesel and his two older sisters survived.  His experience was not something he liked to talk about.  It was not until 1960 that Wiesel’s memoir, Night, an international bestseller, was published.  The book recounted the atrocities Wiesel, his family, and millions of others suffered at the hands of the Nazis.  For Wiesel, his words and his memories were far more…

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