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Finding Phil
Lost in War and Silence
Paul Levy




Bauhan
2016 • 222 pp. 61 illus. (24 color), 6 maps 6 x 9"
Biography / Memoir

$22.95 Paperback, 978-0-87233-224-9



“A fascinating journey of discovery and reclamation shaping generations touched by loss. There is a wonderful yet tragic irony in discovering how much still remains... [continued in Reviews below]”—Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies,

A nephew’s search for the uncle he never knew

Paul Levy was a year old when his Uncle Phil was killed in World War II, and his family, like many, faced their grief with silence. Upon retirement, and seventy years after his uncle’s death, he set out to discover what might still be found about Phil. At every step, research led to unexpected turns, and ultimately revealed a vivid portrait of Phil’s life and, astoundingly, of his death. In the process, the author also gained insights into war, antisemitism, family silences, and heroism, and encountered intriguing and sometimes famous characters who had touched Phil’s life.

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“A fascinating journey of discovery and reclamation shaping generations touched by loss. There is a wonderful yet tragic irony in discovering how much still remains to mark the life of one Jewish soldier fighting in a Europe trying to eradicate Jewish life and memory. Compelling gems throughout surprise and inspire as the author shares things he never perceived in his own family and allows us to wrestle with issues of human choice, legacy, and responsibility.”—Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

“Like all true odysseys and love stories, Finding Phil begins with the wholly unexpected—a package that leads the author to explore the life of an uncle he never knew. The story that emerges reveals webs of interconnection about identity within the author's family and within the human family. Built on interviews, historical research, travel and contemplation, Levy's journey involves the nature of war, the impact of war deaths on families, and our indebtedness to ancestors.”—L.R. Berger, author of The Unexpected Aviary



PAUL LEVY and his wife, Elizabeth, are retired and live in Concord, New Hampshire. Paul had careers as a poverty lawyer, social worker, and professor of human services. Currently, he is active in social justice issues and is a frequent contributor to the Concord Monitor.



Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:38:28 -0500