America’s Soul in the Balance by Gregory J. Wallance, to be released in April 2012 (now released), uses resources from our Ruth Glasberg Gold’s book Ruth’s Journey.
“The origin of America’s Soul in the Balance traces to the newspaper reports several years ago of discovery of letters written by Anne Frank’s father in his unsuccessful attempt to obtain visas for his family and himself to the United States (briefly described in my book).
Intrigued with the notion that American immigration policies might have doomed Anne Frank, but dissatisfied with the treatment in various works on the American response to the Holocaust, I decided to write a book that focused on the State Department. But I also wanted the reader to understand the consequences of the State Department’s behavior, especially as regards the Romanian Jews deported into Transnistria.
My research led me to Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir, which, through the
struggle of 11 year old Ruth Glasberg (now RuthGlasberg Gold) to survive in Transnistria, told the story that I wanted to capture in the book. I introduced myself to Ruth at a Holocaust commemoration at the United Nations (where Ruth spoke so movingly about her experience that a silence descended upon the audience that would have made a dropped pin sound like a clash of symbols).
She graciously agreed to assist me in telling her story, even though it meant resurrecting the details of searingly painful memories. I owe Ruth a special debt–she is a remarkable woman, hers is an extraordinary story, and if America’s Soul in the Balance serves no other purpose than to bring her story to the attention of anyone who may not have heard it, I will consider it a success.”
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[posted by Jerome]