This story is one of a few that really molded me into the kind of journalist, and Jew, I am today.
I approach memoirs about addiction and trauma without judgment and with lots of empathy.
From slave labor to death marches to Auschwitz and Mauthausen.
I know what today’s Jewish college students are going through; I was a target of ‘anti-Zionists’ in the 1980s.
Most publishers, with lots of snooty sarcasm, disagree with me on this: I think everybody has a memoir in them.
In this audio excerpt of my memoir, I am 19 years old and learn an important lesson about perception and reality in Muslim-Jewish relations; and I begin my accidental Jewish journalism career.
This is a memory of a memory from my grandfather, who hid in a wine barrel from an anti-Jewish rampage.