Sunday, July 9, 2017

Russell Freedman Wins The 2017 Golden Kite Award For Nonfiction

"We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler" 

Russell's editor Dinah Stevenson accepts on Russell's behalf, sharing Russell's written remarks, a poignant memory of a train ride in California to visit his father in Hollywood contrasted with a boy his own age taking a different train ride at the very same time on the other side of the world, a train ride to a Nazi extermination camp.

"The ghostly image of that doomed boy haunted my thoughts. I wondered if he collected comic books, like I did… We might have been friends."

Wanting to write about the Holocaust but from a unique angle,

"I searched for an approach that would reveal… some hope amid the ruins of history."

And then, quite movingly,

"I would like to dedicate this particular golden kite award to that boy on a train ride to oblivion. He might have grown up to become one of us."

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