New “Why I write about”

Friends — This is a short piece where I think about writing and teaching connected to the holocaust.

My novel Pretend Plumber does not address the holocaust directly. This comic tale focuses on a young Los Angeles teenager, who is Jewish, but who is also white and highly privileged.

Yet, the event that Jews call the “Shoah” (the catastrophe), is ever-present in the minds of the Jewish characters of the book, and that shadow-memory inflects the attitudes of the people in the story, and — at a crucial stage — will inform a decision that my young hero makes.

A recent PEW study produced results that suggest most American Jews strongly identify Jewishness as connected to remembrance of the Shoah. . .

(you can read the rest here)

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