Coincidences and ambiguities and filled with just enough revelations to keep readers contentedly turning pagesThe Forward This book was a big surprise for me but not a disappointment Basing on the publisher s description I was expecting a fun adventure story You can find traces of it but the book is mostly a blend of very personal memoir and essays on the nature of The Accidental Startup human memoryeritage Shoah conspiracy theories and many topics It is exceptionally well written and insightful although
i ave tohave to that sometimes the author should listen to imself and stop being cranky about some stuff Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg he can be extremely touchy I alsoad sometimes felt uneasy about is attitude
Towards Some Of The People He Metsome of the people e met it was a very interesting read Thanks to the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book The author a decedent of Holocaust victims and survivors seeks to reclaim their family ome in Poland Or is it their family ome That premise sets a motif for the book in which nothing is what it appears to be In order to reclaim the property Naturalistless his relatives are assumed to be alive ande as to prove that are dead even though they would ave died of natural causes by now anyway even if are dead even though they would Babys Mealtime have died of natural causes by now anyway even ifad survived the concentration camps He is befriended by troops of Polish Nazi Treasure The Miracle Equation hunters who mistakeim for the grandson of their favorite author an enslaved Nazi laborer who documented Nazi construction and thus enables their search The life mission of the Treasure Hunters is to acuire and display Nazi themed memorabilia but they profess to loath the Nazis The author does not speak Polish so all this activity presented through the filter of translation further contributing to The Dawn of Modern Thought his confusion and mistrust of information is this really what isappening and what is going on The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, here The dualistic theme of Reality versus Illusion is mirrored throughout by other dualisms Pole versus Jew American Jew versus Polish Jew Dead versus Alive Alive versus Not Alive and so many all occasions for the author to consider their significance in great depths through the book inumorous self deprecating thoughtful and insightful meditations that make up the bulk of the book These solilouies are funny and thought provoking and are the reason that I would read any book on any subject by this author in the future The major gift that the author imparted is to consider our views of nostalgia for family Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man history Like many other people I am very curious about the lives of my family that are just out of reach of the memory of anyone still alive the Civil War the Great Depression the World Wars in Europe This bookelps me understand that while I want to know as much as I can about these experiences my ancestors probably did everything they could to try to forget them Why would you want to know about that they might say it was awful what do you need to know This is the final duality of a book that I picked up due to romantic notions of my own Polish Jewish family do not romanticize other people s lives they are likely to be as prosaic as your own Do not seek meaning from other people s lives try to understand your own instead. He memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder Propelled by rich original research Kaiser immerses readers in profound uestions that reach far beyond is personal uest What does it mean to seize your own legacy Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living Plunder is both a deeply immersive adventure story and an irreverent daring interrogation of inheritance material spiritual familial and emotional .
Read & Download Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi TreasureMenachem Kaiser s irreverent and poignant isn t that a pair of adjectives memoir begins with the death of is grandfather a man Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 he never knew but whose namee shares and whose Holocaust story sent the latter Menachem on a meandering journey through the Polish landscape and legal system in an attempt to understand and to reclaim a property that belonged to Goethean Science his family nearly a century earlierKaiser travels to Sosnowiec a small town in the region of Silesia which borders the Czech Republic and isome to countless ethnic populations and a rich Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! history of demographic confusion and love of mystery In this strange community Kaiser becomes acuainted with a group of treasureunters whose fascination with Nazi era memorabilia and artifacts is both
ADMIRABLE AND ENTIRELY DISCONCERTING AND HEand entirely disconcerting and Digital Crossroads he a familial tie to these explorers that turnsim into something of niche celebrityAs e follows the paper trail left by is grandfather and other relatives Kaiser makes mistakes and missteps that are frustrating embarrassing and exhausting but The Einstein Theory of Relativity he infusesis storytelling with a sense of reflection and How to Negotiate Your First Job humor that emphasized the random significance of family and place I was impressed by Kaiser s ability to tease out details of a single moment and mine them for a cohesive story while acknowledgingow much was unknown and unknowable However I thought the book needed some cleaning up around its transitions More than once I ad to stop to figure out what we were talking about and ow we got there particularly in the sections about conspiracy theories and drinking in the woods Certainly these stories and characters added life and energy and depth to Kaiser s efforts to navigate property law and legal jargon in Polish but it felt disappointingly disjointed and at times overly simplifiedAs Kaiser Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, himself acknowledges towards the end of the book Holocaust memoirs biographies andistories are plentiful which can The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore have the effect of diluting the undeniable power of each individual story Both parts of this statement are true but theyardly apply to this book Kaiser writes around explicit tragedy and devastation to write a Holocaust story unlike any I ve read before I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and author Menacham Kaiser Opinions stated in this review are Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber honest and my ownRelease Date 16 March 2021 Iave always wondered what it must New Exploration have been like for people to return from the camps and find theiromes were taken I The Shaping of Western Civilization have also wonderedow the people in those omes felt perhaps not all of them knew those omes were stolen This is an I trusting book which offers insights into the rights and wrongs of inheritance and The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles how damage can be perpetuated over generations Beautifully written the author tells a story with skill and sensitivity Menachem Kaiser is a young writer and storyteller of stunning talent originality and wisdom andis debut book is gloriously impossible to categorise by turns ilarious and profound digressive and suspenseful intimate and sweeping it stands as an enviable accomplishmentGideon Lewis Kraus Author of A sense of Direction Pilgrimage for the Restless and Hope. From a gifted young writer the story of is uest to reclaim The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, his family’s apartment building in Poland and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasureunters that follows Menachem Kaiser’s brilliantly told story woven from improbable events and profound revelations is set in motion when the author takes up is Holocaust survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosn. Ful Reparations and treasure unting I can t think of two better metaphors for memoir writing and I can t think of a better recent memoir than Menachem Kaiser s Plunder which as eart Shunned humour and intelligence to spareJoshua Cohen Author of Attention Dispatches From a Land of Distraction A saga of familyistory and inheritance that reads like a murder mystery Plunder begins with Menachem Kaiser s journey to reclaim a Polish apartment building but immediately becomes something far richer and stranger Probing with unusual insight and umour into uestions of memory loss and what we owe to the past this impossible to put down book part travelogue part memoir part meditation on all that istory ides from us marks the debut of a major writerRuth Franklin Author of NBCC Award Winning Shirley Jackson A Rather Haunted Life Exceptionally well written this candid and suspenseful work recasts the injunction that one generation of survivors demands of all descendants never to forget Plunder is a magnificent and stunning literary debutAndr Aciman Author of Find Me and Call Me By Your Name In a literate constantly surprising uest the grandson of a Holocaust survivor returns to Poland to lay claim to the things of the past An exemplary contribution to the recent literature on the fraught istory of the Shoah STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews A twisting and reverberant and consistently the recent literature on the fraught Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, history of the Shoah STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews A twisting and reverberant and consistently story It s a weird story that gets weirder Kaiser is a reflective man on the page with a lively mind He dwells on the moral seesawe finds imself on Kaiser considers the nature of conspiracy theories in a
way that s ighly relevant to our era His thinking about reparations of various kinds is as complex and timelythat s The Wood Demon highly relevant to our era His thinking about reparations of various kinds is as complex and timelyas many stories to tell many moods and registers It acuires moral gravity It pays tender and respectful attention to forgotten lives It is also alert to melancholic forms of comedy Tonally I was reminded at times of Jonathan Safran Foer s excellent first novel Everything Is Illuminated Traveling on a private road closer to the ground and at a slower pace Kaiser s walk turns up details that are fresh unexpected and significant His perceptions are sharp We partake of First Shapes his curiosityDwight Garner The New York Times This is weird complicated territory by which I mean it s fantastic Plunder thrives as a morally complicated travelogue it is original and it finishes strong Kaiser chases down the facts fingers crossed of Abraham Kajzer s story and they devastated me It s not spoiling things to say that Kajzer survived the absolute worstumanity Dispatches from Dystopia had to offer only to abandon life s greatest reward From the distance of all these yearsis choice is incomprehensible It s our duty to try to understand anywayThe New York Times Book Review A master storyteller embarks on a journey to learn about Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) his grandfather and to reclaim an apartment building that was stolen during the Holocaust The odyssey is fascinating and thought provokingChristian Science Monitor The 10 Best Books of March With smart elegant prose Kaiser manages to construct an engrossing chronicle ofis foray into an elusive past His narrative is wonderfully digressive laced with. Owiec Poland Soon Ancient World he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long time residents of the building and with a Polish lawyer known as “The Killer” A surprise discovery thatis grandfather’s cousin not only survived the war but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast secret Nazi tunnel complex leads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure seekers who revere