Hitler's Silver Box

Hitler's Silver Box

by Allen Malnak

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Every family has a secret, but Uncle Max’s could wreak havoc on the world.

MAX BLOOMBERG’s home in a Chicago suburb is invaded by strangers in the middle of a cold winter night. The elderly Holocaust survivor is dragged from his bed and brutalized in an attempt to learn the location of a silver box he made some fifty years before.

Max’s closest relative, Dr. BRUCE STARKMAN, chief ER resident at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital is shocked when he learns his Holocaust survivor uncle is dead—his body already cremated, a violation of Uncle Max’s Orthodox Jewish views. A number of other puzzling circumstances surround the death.

When Bruce finds his uncle's hidden journal detailing Max’s ordeal in Theresienstadt concentration camp, where he was forced to make the box for Adolph Hitler’s birthday using silver extracted from the teeth of prisoners, some of the weird incidents begin to make sense.

Recognizing the death as murder, the young physician also realizes a worldwide Nazi resurgence is imminent unless he finds and destroys the secret document written by Nazi leaders and hidden in the silver box, which his uncle buried in a forest near Prague.

While physically fit, Bruce has difficulty crossing over from a person of peace—a healer—to one of violence. The search takes Bruce and Miriam, a tough, attractive Israeli woman, with military training who becomes Bruce’s ally to Paris and the Czech Republic. On this journey the two are incessantly pursued and attacked by groups of Nazis, led by a particularly clever and vicious German Nazi.

Written with an eye for detail and a dramatic sense of timing, Allen Malnak’s Hitler’s Silver Box is the kind of story that grabs its readers by the collar and tells them to hold on tight.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013593268
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Publication date: 11/11/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 397,997
File size: 392 KB

About the Author

Dr. Malnak graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and interned at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. After completing a three year Internal Medicine Residency at the Research and Educational Hospitals of the University of Illinois and the Westside VA Hospital, he was Chief of Internal Medicine at the US Army Hospital, Fort Sill, OK.

Following military service, Dr. Malnak was a Clinical Investigator in Liver Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital of Chicago. He practiced in the Chicago area as a Board Certified Internist for about thirty-five years. During that time he was a Clinical Instructor at Chicago Medical School and an Associate Attending Physician at Cook County Hospital for eight years and following that a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University for twenty-five years. He was Medical Director of a number of organizations, including the Emergency Department of Mount Sinai Hospital and Principle Health Care of Illinois. Dr. Malnak also served as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, President of the Medical Staff, a member of the Board of Directors of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Chicagoland.

His interest in the Holocaust was sparked by the fact that his father came to the USA from Lithuania at age 16, leaving behind a large family. All the men, women and children of that family were sent to a death camp by the Nazis and exterminated. The retired internist is married and has three living children from his previous marriage. He and his wife, Patricia live in southwest Florida with their Whippet—Paige, and Parakeet— Kiwi.

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