A Record of Survival in WWII Russia
By Georg Rauch
Translated by Phyllis Rauch
Thursday, September 2, 2010
May 2010 LA Times Book Festival at UCLA Campus
Lucky me! According to my publisher I was the last one to sign up for the prestigious LA Times Book Festival. By waiting so long I got a special deal, but since I understood that it was "first come, first served," I feared that my own book signing would probably take place at midnight. But, lucky again, I got a great midday hour.
The publisher provided the books for free, and each of us at the booth had one hour to sign 75 books. Quickly calculating, it was clear that we would be signing each book within less than a minute. Amazingly, I managed not only to sign 71 books in my hour, but I felt I had also smiled, made eye contact, answered questions,and enjoyed all the different ages, races, and economic classes of each person who was also smiling while tucking The Jew with the Iron Cross into his or her festival bag.
I was on in bed at the Cameron Trading Post in the middle of the Navajo Nation, when I received an email from a new enthusiastic reader. He said (as have many others) that Georg's book must be made into a movie. He also promised to contact people he knew who could possible make this happen. Very exciting, to say the least.
Welcome fans, friends, and you who have yet to read the book!
Though it has won prizes and rave reviews, The Jew with The Iron Cross. A Record of Survival in WWII Russia, hasn't had its own space on the web until tonight. I welcome you all and look forward to sharing news, old and new, about the book and those who have enjoyed it so much. Phyllis
Georg originally wrote the book on yellow legal pads, by hand, in German. The period during the writing of his memoir, was the only time he ever left his studio and stopped painting altogether.. As he completed the day's work he passed the pages on to me, and I translated them into English, editing at the same time. The manuscript was read by scores of friends and visitors to our Mexican B and B. Many told us that Georg's story needed to be told more widely. In July of 2006, 22 years after he wrote it, the book was published. On November 3rd Georg died at home.