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Greenberg Families Library — New Titles

New Titles November 2021

FICTION 

The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab

Maria Florkowska is many things: daughter, avid chess player, and, as a member of the Polish underground resistance in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, a young woman brave beyond her years. Captured by the Gestapo, she is imprisoned in Auschwitz, but while her family is sent to their deaths, she is spared. Realizing her ability to play chess, the sadistic camp deputy, Karl Fritzsch, decides to use her as a chess opponent to entertain the camp guards. However, once he tires of exploiting her skills, he has every intention of killing her. Befriended by a Catholic priest, Maria attempts to overcome her grief, vows to avenge the murder of her family, and plays for her life. For four grueling years, her strategy is simple: Live. Fight. Survive. By cleverly provoking Fritzsch’s volatile nature in front of his superiors, Maria intends to orchestrate his downfall. Only then will she have a chance to evade the fate awaiting her and see him punished for his wickedness. As she carries out her plan and the war nears its end, she challenges her former nemesis to one final game, certain to end in life or death, in failure or justice. If Maria can bear to face Fritzsch—and her past—one last time.

Other new titles:

  • The Pinocchio Brief by Abi Silver
  • The Aladdin Trial by Abi Silver
  • The Rapunzel Act by Abi Silver
  • The Cinderella Plan by Abi Silver
  • The Midas Game by Abi Silver
  • The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kirsten Harmel
  • The Fortune Cookie Write by Nina Navisky
  • The Singing Forest by Judith McCormack
  • The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristen Harmel
  • The Witches of Escazú and Other Jewish Fairytales edited by Roots Metals

NON-FICTION

Keepers of Memory: The Holocaust and Transgenerational Memory by Jennifer Rich

Keepers of Memory answers the question of how descendants of Holocaust survivors remember the Holocaust, the event that preceded their birth but has shaped their lives. Through personal stories and in-depth interviews, Rich examines the complicated relationship between history, truth, and memory. Keepers of Memory explores topics that include how stories of survival become stories of either empowerment or trauma for the descending generations, career choice as a form of commemoration, religion, and family life. Ultimately, this work paints a compelling picture of the promises and pitfalls of memory and points to implications for memory and commemoration in the coming generations.

Other new titles:

  • From the Jewish Provinces edited by Fradl Shtok
  • Jewish Women’s History from Antiquity to the Present by Rebecca Lynn Winer
  • Torah in a Time of Plague: Historical and Contemporary Jewish responses by Erin Leib Smokler

JUVENILE/YOUNG READER

A Queen to the Rescue: the Story of Henrietta Szold by Nancy Churnin

Henrietta Szold took Queen Esther as a model and worked hard to save the Jewish people. In 1912, she founded the Jewish women’s social justice organization, Hadassah. Henrietta started Hadassah determined to offer emergency medical care to mothers and children in Palestine. When WWII broke out, she rescued Jewish children from the Holocaust, and broadened Hadassah’s mission to include education, youth development, and women’s rights. Hadassah offers free help to all who need it and continues its mission to this day.

Also new:

  • A Dreidel in Time by Marcia Berneger