The Polski Trilogy
By: Leon H. Gildin
About the Book
THE POLSKI AFFAIR
When her husband and children vanished during a Nazi sweep of the Warsaw ghetto, Rosa Feurmann sought refuge with the partisans operating on the outskirts of Warsaw. Learning of unusual happenings at the Hotel Polski, a small and undistinguished hotel, located at the edge of the ghetto, Rosa was sent to try determine why Jews were seen entering and in some cases leaving the Hotel, and to report back to the partisans.
Unfortunately, Rosa’s role was discovered, she was never allowed to report back, and she came under the direct supervision and control of the Hotel’s Nazi commandant.
What she did to survive haunts Rosa for the rest of her life and when called to testify at the commandant’s War Crimes Trial she is forced to lie to protect and defend her own fragile ego. Conflict with her family over her days and months spent at the Polski is a never ending source of unhappiness.
THE FAMILY AFFAIR
The story of Rosa, now known as Anna, continues in Israel where she has lived following her release, along with a group of others, from the Hotel Polski. Her family has grown and a fortuitous discovery of one of her sons who survived the Holocaust, as well as the introduction of others, all in some way related to the commandant of the Hotel, continues to open new wounds for Anna, giving her no peace, and, in certain ways, tearing the family apart.
THE FINAL AFFAIR
Years have passed, new characters come into the picture who, without meaning to, continue to bring Anna’s recollections of the Hotel Polski and her survival to mind, but a series of totally unexpected, and unforeseen happenings finally brings peace, forgiveness and comfort to Anna and reunites her family.
(2017, Paperback, 514 pages)
The Midwest Book Review says "A deftly crafted saga by an author with a genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling, "The Polski Trilogy" is an inherently engaging read from beginning to end and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections."