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The Daily Mail: "a perfectly crafted addition to the best of Holocaust literature."

Date: Feb 24 2014

Yet another book on the Holocaust, but a very original one. The intriguingly titled work is the diary of Otto J Steine, a former music critic who lies dying in a sanatorium in Salzberg in 1939 when the Nazis are at the height of their power and are gathering in the city to hi-jack the famous music festival for their own propaganda purposes.

Steiner, who has always kept his Jewishness a secret, is moved to exact a strange revenge on the Nazis when his love of music is invaded by these monsters. This is a simply told story that packs a surprising punch and manages to be original and compelling despite the familiar backdrop of Nazi horror.

The author’s own love and understanding of music shines through every page. Jerusalmy has produced a perfectly crafted addition to the best of Holocaust literature.

-Christena Appleyard

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