Forbes: The Enduring Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg

Americas for Conservation + The Arts Launches Publishing Arm – The Enduring Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg – 4/30/2015 @ 12:23PM

Seventy years ago, in January 1945, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, the Righteous Gentile responsible for saving many Jewish lives in Hungary by issuing documents attesting to their Swedish Nationality and letting them live in Swedish owned houses in Budapest, was seen leaving Budapest to meet with Soviet Army officials who had recently liberated the city from the Nazis. Wallenberg disappeared shortly thereafter never to be seen in public again. Ever since his fate has been the subject of inquiries and investigations, protests and demonstrations, not-for-profits and international associations, gala dinners and commemorative ceremonies dedicating placques, statues and even postage stamps in his honor, books, movies, mini-series and now a new novel, “Searching for Wallenberg” by Allan Lelchuk (Mandel Vilar Press).

Lelchuk, the author of many previous novels including “Zipp: A life,” and who is on the faculty of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he resides, imagines a professor at a Dartmouth-like college who through one of his students discovers a Hungarian woman in Budapest who claims to be Wallenberg’s child. This sets him off on an exploration of Wallenberg that, if false, could ruin his career, and if true, could add to the knowledge and solve one of the great mysteries of our time: What really became of Raoul Wallenberg?

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Miami Herald: Author calls latest novel his valentine to Miami Beach

BY CONNIE OGLE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thane Rosenbaum lives in New York now, but he remembers vividly the Miami Beach in which he grew up. Not the blingy SoBe of celebrity food festivals, gay pride parades and Art Basel. What Rosenbaum recalls is the once-glitzy, slowly crumbling Beach of Jackie Gleason, Meyer Lansky and Wolfie’s.

“I remember seeing Muhammad Ali running laps at Miami Beach High,” said Rosenbaum, who appears Saturday at Books & Books in Coral Gables. “People were always saying, ‘I saw Muhammad Ali running on Collins Avenue.’ Everybody had a Meyer Lansky story, a story where they had lunch with him or something. Everybody was casual about the Jewish Mafia.”

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Valley News: The Wallenberg Mystery - Dartmouth Author’s Novel Looks at the Diplomat’s Life

By Nicola Smith, Valley News Staff Writer, Friday, April 24, 2015, (Published in print: Friday, April 24, 2015)

W hen the writer Alan Lelchuk lived in Budapest from 1999 to 2000, teaching American literature at a local university, his errands routinely took him past a statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation to death camps during World War II.

Lelchuk knew who Wallenberg was, of course, but to be surrounded by the presence of a man who worked fearlessly to save as many as he could, in the city where it happened, evoked the man in an immediate, vivid way. “I became interested in him then and there,” Lelchuk said in an interview at his home in Canaan. His new novel Searching for Wallenberg has just been published by Mandel Vilar Press, a publishing arm of the non profit organization Americas for Conservation and the Arts. Lelchuck, who has taught literature and creative writing at Dartmouth College since 1985, will read from the book at the Norwich Bookstore next Wednesday.

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The Algemeiner: How Sweet It Is

by Jeremy Rosen

In 2012 a television series called Magic City appeared on Starz Network and ran for two seasons. It depicted the glamor and sleaze of Miami around the time of Castro’s revolution in Cuba.

Inevitably the Jewish Mafia made its appearance, with its desire to control Miami as a potential hub for gambling to rival Las Vegas. Miami was also going to be a substitute for the loss of Havana as a hub of crime investment. The WASP-ish non-Jewish residents were locked in a battle for Miami’s soul (and their privilege) against the interloping Jews, and then the Cubans. There was murder and prostitution, a Jewish DA keeping an eye on a Jewish hotelier who was caught in the vice of mafia money and struggling to free himself from a noxious Jewish criminal and pervert.

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