Joop Dykstra, a Dutch Jew and former speed skating champion, has been deaf and mute since 1943 when he witnessed his parents and sister and brother board a train for Auschwitz from Westerbork, the Dutch detention camp. His story refutes the Anne Frank myth of the Dutch nation as saviors of the Jews. A day by day list of the deportation of over 100,000 Jews from Westerbork to Auschwitz, Sobibor, Bergen-Belsen and Theresienstadt is annexed as an exhibit to the novel.


“Komie’s work is rich in the traditional storytelling of Isaac Singer; sometimes rollicking in the humor and passion of Philip Roth; with prose running as clear as Hemingway; with background voices tangled at times in Kafkaesque conundrums. But he is pure Komie. Read an opening sentence or two from any one of his stories and he is impossible to put down.”

Norbert Blei, After Hours

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