The Jewish Independent calls OUT OF HIDING a "fascinating" overview of British Columbia Holocaust literature.
There will soon be no eyewitnesses to the Holocaust. As Tolstoy famously put it, “What is to be done?” One answer is OUT OF HIDING, a cross-section of stories collected from one region of the globe—British Columbia, Canada—examining 85 authors and 160 books. Outstanding characters include the heroic whistleblower, Rudolf Vrba, credited by historian Sir Martin Gilbert with saving at least 100,000 lives, as well as Robbie Waisman, likely the only person ever to sneak his way into Nazi prison camps, twice. Discoveries include Dr. Tom Perry’s never-published photos of just-liberated Buchenwald, a little-known Warsaw Ghetto memoir by Stanislav Adler and Jennie Lifschitz, perhaps the only Canadian-born Jew to have survived the camps. This wide-ranging collection is dedicated to Dutch-born survivor Robert Krell—the MLK of Holocaust education in Canada—who has dauntlessly paved the way for memory retrieval since the 1970s. Illustrated and profoundly educational, with an Afterword by Yosef Wosk, this patchwork quilt of memory and history is the first of its kind to have a regional lens from somewhere in North America.
"A celebration of 85 authors/survivors who have written about their harrowing and inspiring stories." — The Vancouver Sun
"Fittingly for a man who has dedicated his life’s work to the written word, Alan Twigg has compiled a fascinating biography." — Cynthia Ramsey, The Jewish Independent
Literary Nonfiction. Jewish Studies. Holocaust Memoir. Biography.
Alan Twigg, founder of BC BookWorld, has written twenty books and produced seven films. He was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2016.