presents a carefully and dramatically documented account of life during and after the Second World War
(PRWEB) September 23, 2015
NEW YORK, N.Y. – “The Oxymoron Factor 3: Italian Interlude # 2” (published by Xlibris) is the third part of Frank Stiffel’s autobiographical quadrilogy called “The Oxymoron Factor” which includes “Franek: Stranger in My Land”, “The Tale of the Ring”, “Italian Interlude # 2” and “The House of Margie.” Set after his liberation from Auschwitz, this particular juncture in his life reflects the wonder of a man who has lost everything yet makes the incredible discovery that his life can be filled with love, can include future plans and can be steered by hope.
This book relates Frank Stiffel’s daring adventures as a guide in a Zionist Organization that helped lead surviving Jews from Poland to Italy and then to Palestine. It also tells of his life after he met the Girl of the Ring — the girl he kept seeing in his dreams in the earlier books — the engagement and marriage, the large Tuscan family he acquired and the many colorful characters he encountered, the birth of their daughter Aurora, the unhoped-for joys and the sorrows, the achievements and the defeats. It presents a vivid description of Rome in the immediate post-war era, of Tuscan villages and landscapes, of Jewish society — with its virtues and its flaws — and of the Italian middle class.
“This was a man whose love and appreciation for literature, music and the arts was not annihilated by the sub-human conditions of life in the death camps and who kept his sense of dignity and respect, both toward himself and others,” says the author’s daughter Aurora Stiffel Berman. “The Oxymoron Factor” presents a carefully and dramatically documented account of life during and after the Second World War and reflects the detached perspective of an individual who metaphorically died and was reborn. This is a story meant to convey how even the most desperate of situations can be overcome with tenaciousness and faith and how, sometimes, the greater the ordeal, the more valuable the prize.
“The Oxymoron Factor 3”
By Frank Stiffel
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 287 pages | ISBN 9781401038885
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 287 pages | ISBN 9781401038878
E-Book | 287 pages | ISBN 9781462842711
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Frank Stiffel was born on Nov. 23, 1916 in Lwow, Poland, to a well-to-do middle-class family. He studied in France, Belgium and Italy because there were quotas on the number of Jewish students allowed to attend university in the land of his birth. In 1939, he was a young Jewish student who held a medical degree and had hopes of a promising literary career. On Sept. 3, 1942, Frank and his family were deported to Treblinka where his parents and sister-in-law, Pola, were killed in the gas chamber on the day of their arrival. In Jan. 1945, the Russians set the few remaining inmates of the Camp free. In Italy he met Ione Sani with whom he got married in Rome. They continued to live there until 1950, when — with their daughter Aurora — they left for the USA. Frank Stiffel died in New York, on Oct. 2, 2011. He was almost 95 years old.
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