After Vanesa Neuman’s father dies, the closed book of what he and her grandfather were doing during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia falls literally open. From Tel Aviv to the backstreets of Prague, Vanesa’s relentless quest to unravel the mystery of her father’s wartime diary reveals a seventy-year-old secret darker than she could have imagined.
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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.
ADVANCE REVIEW OF GALERIE:
5 STARS: “Imagine Steven King wrote Schindler’s List”
Amazon Review by Nikki on September 26, 2015:
“Imagine Steven King wrote Schindler’s List. Though it is well accepted that Nazi atrocities were among the most horrible in history, Galerie manages to break away from the accepted treatment of Europe’s darkest hour and explore the horror from an unexpected point of view. In his meticulously well researched novel, Greenberg picks open scabs that other authors have all agreed to let lie. I identified so personally with the heroine that I was sucked in to the story, even though at times I wished I could put the book aside to escape the unraveling mystery and horror.”
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His world is unrecognizable, his journey unimaginable.
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LETTER TO AUTHOR:
Just read your book Galerie and had to write to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Let me try to list the reasons:
Like the heroine of Galerie, I am the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. I am also an Israeli, born and bred in Israel. My Ph.D. was in Psychology and, as such, I was simply blown away by the depth of your sensitivity to the second generation Holocaust experience. The relationship between the young Vanessa (Limor) and her father is so reminiscent of my relationship with my father. With the exception of the name that you gave your heroine (I never heard of a European born Vanessa, let alone an Israeli one), your description of your heroine complex psyche is simply brilliant.
I loved the structure of your book, with the intermingling of at least three voices – the first person story of the husband (I could hear your personal voice vis-à-vis your wife), the third person description of Vanessa’s adventures in Prague, and the first person German voice the Nazis. Again, such a beautiful way to present a complex story from several different perspectives and to keep the reader guessing as to what is really going on.
Finally, I was very impressed with your background research. I have been a volunteer in the Holocaust Memorial Center of Detroit. As such, I am familiar with many aspects of the Holocaust, including the uniqueness of the “Model Ghetto” of Tarazin, the Jewish Library in Prague, and even the museum of Jewish body samples collected by Dr. August Hirt. I am sure that the very last one was an important inspiration for your book. Over the years, I have read many books about the Holocaust, memoirs and fiction. Yours, I believe, is among the very best that I have read.
Also, I simply loved your use of the English language. I am also a published writer and I was very impressed with your skills. I am looking forward to reading more of your work.
I would love to share with you the story of my father during the Holocaust. Perhaps it would inspire you to write another book. Thanks again, Celia.
Dr. Celia Romm Livermore
Professor of Management of Information Systems
Mike Ilitch School of Business
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, 48202, USA
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“I was torn between giving this book four vs. five stars. Usually I reserve five stars for a book that is truly great. I finally decided to give it five stars based on these things:
#1. The historical fiction is well researched and accurate.
#2. Held my interest--I couldn't put it down.
#3. Fascinating premise. While fiction, it seems entirely believable that the Nazis might have considered something like this. The author definitely gets an A+ for coming up with this idea!
#4. After reading this book, I definitely plan to read other books by the same author.
#5. This is definitely a haunting story that will stay with me for a long time (a good reason for giving it 5 stars!)”
“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.”
“Steven Greenberg has written a story that will mesmerize readers from page one... This novel is filled with raw emotion and events that will make your heart ache. Filled with deep and rich history, this is a novel that readers will not easily forget as they read of horrific events that took place during WWII.”
“Imagine Stephen King wrote Schindler’s List. Though it is well accepted that Nazi atrocities were among the most horrible in history, Galerie manages to break away from the accepted treatment of Europe’s darkest hour and explore the horror from an unexpected point of view. In his meticulously well researched novel, Greenberg picks open scabs that other authors have all agreed to let lie. I identified so personally with the heroine that I was sucked in to the story, even though at times I wished I could put the book aside to escape the unraveling mystery and horror.”