My Holocaust

My Holocaust

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Passing themselves off as holocaust victims as part of a lucrative money-making scheme, the father and son team of Maurice and Norman Messer surreptitiously sell counterfeit victim certificates while working to take over the U.S. Holocaust museum. By the author of The Jewish War. 25,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

A satire on the culture of victim glorification and Holocaust memory exploitation, My Holocaust follows the careers of the father–son team, Maurice and Norman Messer, who know a good product when they see it. That product is the Holocaust–and Maurice, a survivor with a self–enhancing inflated personal history, and Norman, enjoying vicarious victimhood as a participant in the second–generation movement, proceed to market it enthusiastically. Not even the disappearance of Nechama, Norman's daughter and Maurice's granddaughter, into the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz, where she is transformed into a nun, Sister Consolatia of the Cross, deters them from pushing their agenda. The novel follows them on a tour of the Auschwitz–Birkenau death camp, which Maurice, now the driving force behind the most powerful Holocaust memorialization institution in the U.S., organizes to soften up a major potential donor, and which Norman takes advantage of to embark on a surrealistic search for his daughter.

The novel reaches its climax in the takeover of the U.S. Holocaust museum by a coalition of self–styled victims all seeking Holocaust status, bringing together a large cast of characters from every side of the spectrum–from Holocaust wannabees (African and Native Americans, Muslims, women, etc.) to Holocaust professionals– who proceed to mindlessly sacrifice their own children and drain all meaning from suffering and memory in the fevered competition to win the grand prize.



Blackwell North Amer
Maurice and Norman Messer, father-and-son business partners, know a good product when they see one. That product is the Holocaust, and Maurice, a Holocaust survivor with an inflated personal history, and Norman, enjoying vicarious victimhood as a participant in the second-generation movement, proceed to market it enthusiastically. Not even the disappearance of Nechama, Norman's daughter and Maurice's granddaughter, into the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz, where she is transformed into a nun - Sister Consolatia of the Cross - deters them from pushing their agenda.
Father and son embark on a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, which Maurice -now the driving force behind the most powerful Holocaust memorialization institution in America -organizes to soften up a potential major donor, and which Norman exploits to embark on a surrealistic search for his daughter. At the death camp they run into assorted groups and individuals all clamoring for a piece of the Holocaust, including Buddhist New Agers on a retreat, Israeli schoolchildren on a required heritage pilgrimage, a Holocaust artifact hustler, filmmakers, and an astonishing collection of others. All hell breaks loose when Maurice's museum is taken over by a coalition of self-styled victims seeking Holocaust status, bringing together a vivid cast of all-too-human characters, from Holocaust professionals to Holocaust wannabes of every persuasion, in the fevered competition to win the grand prize of owning the Holocaust.

Baker
& Taylor

Passing themselves off as holocaust victims as part of a lucrative money-making scheme, the father-and-son team of Maurice and Norman Messer surreptitiously sell counterfeit victim certificates while working to take over the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061173455
0061173452
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 22 cm

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