New Short Story Collection Shares Romanian’s Life Story

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Author George Joseph pens “Transylvanian Rhapsody”

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“I was inspired by the hope that – beside entertainment – the memories of events from the Holocaust and life under the communist rule behind the iron curtain in Romania would be of interest to readers,”

In his new collection of autobiographical short stories “Transylvanian Rhapsody” (published by Trafford Publishing), George Joseph offers readers his perspective on life growing up in Romania.

“Transylvanian Rhapsody” is a collection of short stories about Joseph’s life as a child during the years of the Holocaust in Romania. The stories progress through his life, following him into his medical school studies and his life as a young physician under the dictatorship of the oppressive communist regime. He also shares some of his closely kept personal memories, such as the story of a German woman who shares her life with Joseph’s Jewish family.

An excerpt from “Transylvanian Rhapsody”:

“It was in the fall of 1942, one of the cooler months of the year. It felt good already to be inside, with the overcoat ready to be worn, and the umbrella hanging in the closet, the warmth of the kitchen oven fire welcoming. The evenings came early and with it the dark streets. The streetlights were not lit anymore as protection against air raids. The military trucks and civilian cars had their headlights dimmed.

I knew about the war from the newspapers and the newsreels at the movies. The war with the air raids and bombings was still to come, much later in the year, or next.”

Part of the motivation for Joseph in writing “Transylvanian Rhapsody” was to share insights into the holocaust in Romania. He wants to shed the misconception that Transylvania has nothing to offer other than the story of Dracula.

“I was inspired by the hope that – beside entertainment – the memories of events from the Holocaust and life under the communist rule behind the iron curtain in Romania would be of interest to readers,” says Joseph.

About the Author
George Joseph, MD, a survivor of the holocaust in Romania, practiced medicine in Romania, Israel and South Africa. He was in private practice in Washington, and after he retired from private practice he worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical School. He is a published author, polyglot, gourmet cook and traveler. He is married, has three married children and five grandchildren.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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