THE MURDERS OF MOISÉS VILLE

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JERUSALEM OF SOUTH AMERICA

The audience may be limited, but this is still a worthy, unique entry in Jewish history.

An award-winning Buenos Aires–based journalist investigates murders that took place in the first Jewish agricultural settlement in Argentina.

When Sinay found an article that his great-grandfather had written about a series of Jewish immigrant murders that had taken place at the end of the 19th century in the Santa Fe province, he was instantly intrigued. Mijl Hacohen Sinay had been a Belarus-born teacher and journalist who founded the first Yiddish-language newspaper in Argentina after settling in Buenos Aires in 1898 at the age of 21. Deciding to probe Mijl's story at greater depth, Sinay discovered that most of the documentation about the murders—including the book Mijl had written about them in 1947—was written in Yiddish, a language Sinay could not read. The author’s search took him first to the Buenos Aires Jewish Museum and later, to the tiny town where the murders occurred. Named for the biblical Jewish liberator Moses, Moisés Ville was viewed as a beacon of freedom by Eastern European Jews fleeing the “tyranny of Russia.” But rather than becoming a haven, it became a place where gauchos killed and robbed the new immigrants. With the help of a Yiddish translator, Sinay unearthed not only imprecise information in Mijl’s accounts, but also silences on key issues. The gaucho terrorists he excoriated had also suffered. Before the immigrants arrived, they had been stripped of their nomadic freedoms and unwillingly forced to assimilate into the capitalist economy. In sacrificing journalist rigor, Mijl had ultimately written a book with undercurrents that evoked the horrors of the Holocaust as well as the concomitant fear of Jewish cultural and linguistic loss. Intelligent and well-researched, this book will most likely attract readers interested in Argentinian history and/or the modern Jewish Diaspora.

The audience may be limited, but this is still a worthy, unique entry in Jewish history.

Pub Date: Feb. 8, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-63206-298-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Restless Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 8, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2022

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KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

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Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma.

During that time, enrolled members of the Osage Indian nation were among the wealthiest people per capita in the world. The rich oil fields beneath their reservation brought millions of dollars into the tribe annually, distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" that could not be bought or sold but only inherited. This vast wealth attracted the attention of unscrupulous whites who found ways to divert it to themselves by marrying Osage women or by having Osage declared legally incompetent so the whites could fleece them through the administration of their estates. For some, however, these deceptive tactics were not enough, and a plague of violent death—by shooting, poison, orchestrated automobile accident, and bombing—began to decimate the Osage in what they came to call the "Reign of Terror." Corrupt and incompetent law enforcement and judicial systems ensured that the perpetrators were never found or punished until the young J. Edgar Hoover saw cracking these cases as a means of burnishing the reputation of the newly professionalized FBI. Bestselling New Yorker staff writer Grann (The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, 2010, etc.) follows Special Agent Tom White and his assistants as they track the killers of one extended Osage family through a closed local culture of greed, bigotry, and lies in pursuit of protection for the survivors and justice for the dead. But he doesn't stop there; relying almost entirely on primary and unpublished sources, the author goes on to expose a web of conspiracy and corruption that extended far wider than even the FBI ever suspected. This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

Pub Date: April 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

NIGHT

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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