It was 1941 when Germany struck Poland. I was thirteen, practically fourteen. Donia was fifteen. I was Jewish. Donia was a Polish Catholic. The ensuing three-year German occupation and its aftermath brought torment and murder to us-to me, to Donia, and to the rest of the Jews and even some of the non-Jews who lived with us in our apartment house in the medieval city of Lwow. That period was indescribably sordid and cruel for us, yet love was also our portion.
From its opening pages, Mark Strauss pulls us into the drama of World War II Poland as witnessed by the young Jewish boy, Edek Edelman. Decades have passed and Dr. Edward Edelman, now stricken by a terminal illness, spends his final days in a nursing home recalling an epoch of terrifying fear and widespread butchery interwoven with moments of tender compassion and sexual awakening. Four Plus Five is a page-turner that hols us spellbound from beginning to end.
About the Author: Mark Strauss is a survivor of the Holocaust who lived in Poland under the German occupation. During his sixty-five year residency in the United States, the author lived a rich life as a scientist, educator, farmer and artist whose work is displayed in many thousands of homes throughout the world. Dr Strauss' professional quests made him familiar with the the cultures of universities, U.S.government, homeless people, Latino communities and rural folk. Dr Strauss uses the gained knowledge from his European and American experiences in his books - the settings and characters in his novels are authentic.The drama which he creates makes his stories exciting as well as instructional.