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Book Group Discussion of "Quiet Americans" by Erica Dreifus

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 19 Adar II 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dreifus’s short stories tell of lives enmeshed in the Holocaust, scenarios that highlight the existential anxieties of Jewish Americans in the age of Hitler and afterwards. The characters include: a high-ranking Nazi wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin; a Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POW he is assigned to supervise; a refugee returning to Europe for the first time only to encounter the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics; a son of survivors who discovers long-held family secrets.

These Americans are “quiet”— most don't talk about what they've been through, and some continue to be afraid. Deceptively simple, Dreyfus's tales reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Discussion will be led by Stacey Hankin.

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