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Tiferet Israel March Book Club- Defending Britta Stein
March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Defending Britta Stein
By Ronald H. Balson
Video footage has captured 92-year-old Britta spray-painting the words “Liar, Traitor, Nazi Collaborator, and Betrayer” on the outside wall of 95-year-old Ole Henryks’s, Melancholy Dane, a popular Chicago restaurant. Ole, who is soon to receive entry into the Danish-American Association’s Hall of Fame, vehemently denies the accusations, claims he is a hero who saved Jews, and insists on his day in court in order to clear his name. Britta is up for the battle. Defending Britta Stein interweaves two narratives: Britta’s serialized account of her early life in Denmark and the present-day court case.
Ole Henryks tries to rewrite history as Britta Stein relates her moving account to try to right it. We will examine the themes of good and evil, truth and lies, courage and betrayal, and punishment and revenge. Defending Britta Stein is a book worth reading.