Escape from Mount Moriah: Trials & Triumphs of a Kid in a New Homeland

 
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The adventures of 'Tom Sawyer' with an ironic, Yiddish twist."

WINNER -- 2001 MPA -- "Excellence In Independent Publishing" Award.

OFFICIAL Selection CANNES Film Festival 2011 for this memoir's first short story, My Father, Joe...filmed by Nikila Cole.

The adventurous, humorous, sometimes wonderfully strange exploits of a youth during his family's adjustment to a new world, these compelling boyhood memories are of an almost Tom Sawyer character, albeit with ironic Yiddish twist.

"All the short stories within this memoir illuminate and pack a wallop. They sparkle and shine in Engelhard’s unique minimalist style…prose that is lean, reserved and economical…if there is one word to describe Engelhard’s writing, I’d choose CHARM. What a gift to those of us who understand the trials and triumphs of growing up. Escape From Mount Moriah…the finest, perhaps the greatest memoir I have ever read." Reviewer S. Dite

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I was just an infant when all those exploits transpired and I would have had to undertake much research in order to get the stories right--and I simply could not get up the gumption for such an effort, perhaps because so many writers had already beaten me to the task.

The only road still unmarked was this: the life of a child refugee.

This was terrain not well traveled, and so sketch by sketch I went ahead with this collection, motivated by no greater ambition than to its being a keepsake for my children. And once I got started I couldn't stop. It all came flooding back.

Yes, the children. It's so important for them (and their whole generation) to know--and to never forget.

The children must be made aware that the freedom they enjoy today in America--and too easily take for granted--comes with a responsibility to appreciate and respect the past.

Then comes the matter of anti-Semitism. To put it bluntly: It's still as pervasive as ever. I've spoken at enough college campuses to know that there are too many ministers of hate who have cleverly targeted the impressionable young and have gained a new world of adherents--among them blacks, whites, and even young Jews.

Thanks to them, I am convinced that for each Jewish kid growing up today, there's an anti-Semite to match. With some watering, they sprout like weeds.

And...who would have thought...that the greatest calculated massacre of all-time would produce, barely a generation later, an obscene legion of Holocaust deniers...people who say it didn't happen--just as there once were those who claimed that the earth was flat.

It was mostly for these reasons--that is, to wage against forgetfulness and the terrorism of lies--that the book's publisher, Rob Huberman--also a lover of words--encouraged the publication of this work, persuaded, as he was, that it possesses a universal message.

Maybe he's right.

About the Author:

American novelist Jack Engelhard enjoys an international reputation for thought-provoking/moral dilemma literary works. The New York Times cites his writing for precise, almost clinical language. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaims his prose as vivid, cool and muscular. Two of his books, Indecent Proposal and elements of Escape From Mount Moriah have been turned into film, and a third, The Days of the Bitter End is in the works.

Jack was born in Toulouse, France on July 20, 1940. His father Noah had trained as a rabbi from his birthplace in Poland, but he did not practice in France where he instead prospered as a leather goods manufacturer...until the Nazis invaded. When the time came to escape, Noah saved his family and he is credited for saving numerous other families whose lives were in imminent jeopardy.

From the horrors of the Holocaust, Jack Engelhard grew up to become an American, and an international, bestselling novelist. Engelhard resides in New Jersey.

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