CRISIS IN UKRAINE DISCUSSED AT BOOK SIGNING RE HISTORICAL NOVEL, “Klara’s Journey.”
With many in attendance, Ben G. Frank, author of ”Klara’s Journey,” an historical audience pointed out at a book signing event at J. Levine Books and Judaica in New York City, that while there are glimmers of hope that the bloodshed will cease in Ukraine, the truce “is very shaky” and fighting still rages around Donetsk.
Frank was launching his historical novel, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), a story of betrayal, high drama and love,” that deals with the Russian Revolution and the Civil War that followed.
On his part, Danny Levine, President & 4th Generation Owner of J Levine Books & Judaica and levinejudaica.com, noted that Frank has been to Russia and Ukraine at least a half dozen times. During the Cold War, Frank worked for Radio Liberty which broadcasts to the former Soviet Union and now Russia. His family is from the Ukraine.
In answering questions of those attending the book event at J. Levine’s , Frank pointed out that a small number of Jews have lost their lives and several thousand Jews have been moved or displaced to safer Ukrainian cities where they have been taken care of by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Chabad and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. More than a thousand have made aliya to Israel.
Frank said that the crisis in Ukraine had ignited a new Cold War, one that actually can be traced back the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922, the time frame of “Klara’s Journey which he discussed at the signing and which is available wherever books are sold and as an ebook.