Once again I'm sad to say that a book that I feel could be a "must read" just for the sake of the important historical content it contains did not make it to me in time for review. But it looks gripping in subject and as soon as I have the opportunity I'm grabbing a copy myself.
Take a moment, read the excerpt, and see if it's something that might interest you.
Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser, Ben Solomon, is convinced he is right. Solomon urges attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that Otto Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has he accused the right man?
Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys and a family that struggles to survive in war-torn Poland. It is also the story of a young lawyer who must face not only a powerful adversary, but her own self-doubts.
Two lives, two worlds and sixty years all on course to collide in a fast-paced legal thriller.
Once We Were Brothers (St. Martin’s Press Griffin, October 8) by Chicago attorney Ronald Balson tells the story of two young boys who grew up as brothers and the different paths they were obliged to take after the German occupation of Poland and the start of the Holocaust. Their paths realign sixty years later when Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, “the butcher of Zamosc.” Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser, Ben Solomon, is convinced he is right. Once We Were Brothers relays the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust and emotional scars left behind. Balson will engross you in this fictional story of unimaginable truths.