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Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private World War II Book Review

Nina’s Wolff Feld’s father, Walter C Wolff led a very interesting life.

Ms. Feld’s non fiction biography of her father’s life Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private World War II  is about a very fascinating and action driven part of her father’s life.

Walter Wolff is one of the lucky ones. With his parents and his sister, he was one of the last Jewish refugees to get out of Nazi controlled Europe before Pearl Harbor.  He joined the American army as a teenager and climbed up through the ranks. He was responsible, while in the army to interrogate POW’s to determine if they were potential war time criminals. At the same time, he was able to locate his extended family who were not so lucky to leave and restore to them the property that was taken by the Nazis.

The middle of the book is a little slow, but it is an incredible read. There is no way this story could be anything but true.

I highly recommend this book.

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Why I Write

Ask any person who is creative (art, dance, music, writing, etc) and they will tell you that it is not for the potential of fame and fortune (as gratifying as it is, if it comes to pass), but it is for pure self expression.

I’m sure that any writer will tell you that for every story or piece that they have completed, there are four or five (or even more) half started drafts sitting on their hard drive or in a draw if they write via more traditional means.

One my favorite books on writing is called Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. She has a chapter called Shitty First Drafts. I highly recommend this book for every writer, regardless of the genre that they are writing in.

Ask any writer and they will tell you that it is not easy. Writing, unless your working with a partner required solitude and concentration, which is not easy in this always on the go 24/7 world that we live in.

Will we all become the next Stephen King or Danielle Steel? Probably not.

But I know that I always feel better after I have written, even if turns about to be just another shitty first draft.

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What would you do if it was your kid?

The latest and youngest victim of Hamas’s war on Israel is four year old Daniel Tragerman.

This boy did nothing to deserve his fate, except being born into a Israeli Jewish family.

70 years after the Holocaust, where 1.5 million children were murdered for simply being born into a Jewish family, Jewish children are still being targeted because they are Jewish.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal claimed in an interview the following:

“We do not target civilians, and we try most of the time to aim at military targets and Israeli bases,”

If it is true that Hamas does not target civilians and only targets military bases, how does he account for the thousands of rockets that have been randomly aimed at Israeli civilian population centers?

An article in the Times Of Israel shares the devastation from the point of view of the youngest members of Israeli society.

Of all of the quotes, the one that truly breaks my heart is the following:

“Mama, I don’t believe in the tooth fairy. How can I believe in magic when there are rockets falling on us.” — Maytal, age 6… she hasn’t even lost her first tooth yet, and so much lost already.

 

 

Six year old children should be believing in magic and tooth fairies and everything that is associates with childhood. But these children are learning to deal with a reality that is far beyond their years. I can only imagine the psychological scars these children will have as they grow up.

What would you do if that your child? Would you stand by and let your neighbor harass you and destroy your home? Or would you fight back?

RIP Daniel. You are gone, but never forgotten.

 

 

 

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