Engaging Book Follows How Hope and Courage Evolve Amid Violence and Destruction

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George Joseph's ‘Flowers grow on ruins too’ to grace the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.

The seminal events of the twentieth century, the Second World War, and the Holocaust are what makes author George Joseph’s novel a stirring work. Published through Xlibris, Flowers grow on ruins too tells how heroes evolve amid violence, loss of life and destruction, senseless hatred, and the ruins left behind the raging battles of the war.

Erica Kerner is a talented, smart young lady born into an intellectual affluent Lutheran family in Berlin. While she enjoys her close relationship with her mother and admires the brilliance and ideas of her lawyer father, she wants to be like her Uncle Jonathan, a physician. Her peaceful life as a schoolgirl and medical student suddenly shifts.

Hitler and the National Socialist Party come to power in Germany. Soon after this event, the Second World War starts. Erica finds herself understanding more about the chaos and inhumane treatment happening around her. She is especially affected by the treatment given to Jews.

The war ends and she travels to Nuremberg, where her Uncle Jonathan Kerner is an expert witness for the prosecution of the Second World War criminals. She meets George Jonas, a British officer, a Holocaust survivor originally from Romania. Yuri, the nickname of the officer, is assisting her uncle with legal matters. The two of them fall in love.

A mysterious looking ring on Yuri’s finger raises her curiosity and prompts Yuri to tell her his story.

A poignantly crafted fiction based on documented facts, Flowers grow on ruins too takes readers back to one of history’s most darkest eras through the eyes of the two lovers in search of their purpose amid uncertainties.

Despite the hostility, hypocrisy, or indifference in situations when action was required, despite the perverse wickedness and destruction, despite incredible odds and losses, this moving story conveys that hope and love survives and proves that life can be and is triumphant.

Flowers grow on ruins too will be featured at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 12-16, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author
George Joseph, MD, is a survivor of the Holocaust in Romania. He practiced medicine in Romania, Israel, and South Africa, and was in private practice as a psychiatrist in Washington, DC. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Following his retirement from private practice, he worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center until his recent retirement. He is a polyglot, avid biker, skier, and gourmet cook, and loves to travel. He is married and has three children and five grandchildren.

Flowers grow on ruins too * by George Joseph
Publication Date: January 13, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 168 pages; 978-1-4568-1821-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 168 pages; 978-1-4568-1822-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-1823-4

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