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Posted November 11, 2003
Hotel Bolivia narrates a part of the Holocaust refugee history that is unknown to many. At a time when Europe was the worse place on earth for a Jew, many nations around the world shut their doors or imposed quotas on Jewish migration. Bolivia was willing to take the Jews, and it's consulates in Europe issued thousands of visas. (it is fair to note that the consulate agents charged hefty prices for the visas) Bolivia is a nation where 3/4 of its population is Indigenous,it is landlocked, and isolated from the world by the Andes Mountains and the Amazon jungle. This was not exactly paradise for the European Jews, but it was a haven, a safe place far away from Hitler and the Nazis. Leo Spitzer narrates the Jewish experience in Bolivia, and as a protagonist, he is able to portray in great detail the culture clashes, the hardships, the good times and bad times, the anecdotes of life in Bolivia, but specially, he demostrates his gratitude towards this small nation who gave his family and many others a safe place to live. Leo Spizter's book is a great contribution to both Jewish and Bolivian history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.