One woman’s quest for truth reveals a dark family secret long buried in Prague’s Nazi past.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2015 -- Best Books in Fiction
FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2016 -- Historical Fiction
"Imagine Stephen King wrote Schindler's List..." ~ Nikki
Every family holds to secrets, but some are far darker, reach deeper, and touch a rawer nerve than others.
Vanesa Neuman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and her childhood in the cramped intimacy of south Tel Aviv is shadowed by her parents’ unspoken wartime experiences. The past for her was a closed book… until her father passes away and that book falls literally open. Vanesa must now unravel the mystery of the diary she has received—and the strange symbol within—at all costs.
Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation and the Jewish Museum of Prague—Adolf Eichmann’s “Museum of an Extinct Race”—Galerie is fast-paced historical fiction in the tradition of Tatiana De Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key. From Jerusalem’s Yad V’Shem Holocaust research center, to the backstreets of Prague, and into the former “paradise ghetto” of Theresienstadt, Vanesa’s journey of understanding will reveal a darker family past than she ever imagined—a secret kept alive for over half a century.
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Evolved Publishing presents a thrilling work of historical fiction that examines how Holocaust horrors still resonate generations later, and how even deep wounds of betrayal can ultimately heal. [DRM-Free]
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About the Author
I am a professional writer, as well as a full-time cook, cleaner, chauffeur, and work-at-home single Dad for three amazing teenagers. Born in Texas and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I emigrated to Israel only months before the first Gulf War, following graduation from Indiana University in 1990. In 1996, I was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, where I served for 12 years as a Reserves Combat Medic. Since 2002, I’ve worked as an independent marketing writer, copywriter and consultant.
More than You Asked for….
I am a writer by nature. It’s always been how I express myself best. I’ve been writing stories, letters, journals, songs, and poems since I could pick up a pencil, but it took me 20-odd years to figure out that I could get paid for it. Call me slow.
After completing my BA at Indiana University - during the course of which I also studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa University - I emigrated to Israel only months before the first Gulf War, in August 1990. In 1998, I was married to the wonderful woman who changed my life for the better in so many ways, and in 2001, only a month after the 9/11 attacks, my son was born, followed by my twin daughters in 2004. In late 2017, two weeks before my 50th birthday, my wife passed away after giving cancer one hell of a fight.
Since 2002, I’ve run SDG Communications, a successful marketing consultancy serving clients in Israel and abroad.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Vanesa Neuman grew up in Tel Aviv, the only child of Jewish parents who were survivors of the Holocaust. She lived with her parents, her grandfather, and her Uncle Tomas. She loved them all, but she never really knew them. They were like closed books, unable and unwilling to share their stories because the stories were too horrific. Yet they had survived. When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, his lawyer presents Vanesa with a bound journal. She’s seen this book before, but she was never allowed to look inside. Now she does and the stories she thought she understood quickly begin to unravel as her investigative powers take over, leading her to follow the trail of a sign that somehow leaves its mark on various historic places in Prague. What she discovers after unravelling the mysteries, and facing the death of some of her friends in the process, is a nightmare that is so inhuman in its horrific presentation that it sickens her to recognize it as part of her heritage. In her father’s journal are eighteen stories, one story per month dated from February 1943 to October 1944. Vanesa knows its significance, as eighteen is the numerical value of the letters making up the Hebrew word ‘chai’ which means ‘life’. The horrors of her heritage may not have been her horrors, but without them, she would not have been born, she would not have had a life. Steven Greenberg’s chilling novel, Galerie, opens the minds of readers to a time when there was no clear right and wrong, when there was only life and death, and the defining line depended on what the individual person was willing to do to assure the preservation of his or her life and that of their loved ones. As Vanesa’s Uncle Tomas tells her as a child, “Many things in your life will leave you, but we never really lose anything as long as we remember. Your memories, the good and the bad, will never abandon you.” And whilst some people might be willing to do anything, to sacrifice anything just to live, there are others who could not in good conscience give up their souls in order to live a mere shell of a life, one marred with disturbing memories. A powerful story about a troubling time in history with poignant lessons about choices and consequences.