Michael H. Levin: Poems and Prose
A BORDER TOWN IN POLAND -- BOOK REVIEWS
"A memorable memoir -- a fabulous book -- a major work of love and devotion. Revolutions in Poland, Russia and Germany are described vividly, with their effects. . . . Surviving by smuggling, by [entrepreneurship], by obtaining papers legal and otherwise, are [rendered] . . .like a major [thriller]. Everyone with relatives who came to America to escape persecution will find something . . .remarkable here."
-- Bonnie Squires
Main Line Times, 30 Nov. 2021
"What stories Hirsch Bieler [and the authors] have to tell! Some of the most vivid involve Zelde, the ugly but clever crone who ran Grajewo's smuggling business that helped Hirsch survive [Great War] poverty but also resulted in hair-raising narrow escapes. . . .[Through nimble footwork he prospers in Weimar Germany, the Third Reich and British Palestine, eventually reaching the U.S. Then] the book's final sections reprint his Polish family's heartbreaking 1939-41 letters pleading for help, and recount his desperate doomed attempts to provide it. . . .A tale of displacement, resilience, loss, and hope."
-- Karen Lyon
"Beyond the Pale," [Capitol] Hill Rag, December 2021
"Couldn't put it down. An amazing and wonderful book. What an essential contribution to history! -- defies superlatives."
-- Hon. Andrew Maguire
Former Congressman, D-NJ