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Rallying Round the Flags Reviews Rallying Round the FlagsLocked Derek Penslar's new book returns to aim Jewish soldiers of the diaspora to their rightful place in Jewish history.

The Last Word

"Tone-deafness is, I think, the key to understanding how Holocaust genre fiction came into being and how it continues to flourish. How else could an editor allow Anna Funder’s imagining of a dialogue between Ernst Toller and W.H. Auden in which Toller says, 'This is a conversation we’ve had before—about the temptation of art, like fire, to use people as fuel,' to escape the red pen?"

From "Killer Backdrop" by Amy Newman Smith | Summer 2014

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