Béla's Letters by Jeff Ingber
Publication Date: February 18, 2016
Paperback; 596 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
“Béla’s Letters” is a historical fiction novel spanning eight decades. It revolves around the remarkable life story of Béla Ingber, who was born before the onset of WWI in Munkács, a small city nestled in the Carpathian Mountains. The book tells of the struggles of Béla and his extended family to comprehend and prepare for the Holocaust, the implausible circumstances that the survivors endure before reuniting in the New World, and the crushing impact on them of their wartime experiences together with the feelings of guilt, hatred, fear, and abandonment that haunt them. At the core of the novel are the poignant letters and postcards that family members wrote to Béla, undeterred by the feasibility of delivery, which were his lifeline, even decades after the war ended.
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Excerpt from the PrefaceEnsconced in our apartment and surrounded by modern comforts, I asked for details about the Old Country. “Dad, did you have to go outside to pee even when it was really cold?” “Dad, how did you cook your food?” No matter what the answer, its remembrance was cloaked in reverence, recited with compassion for my misfortune in not having been nurtured by those unknowable times.These reminiscences were recounted with a vividness that belied the decades that had passed. All his days, my father embraced a love, frozen in time, of a world vanished yet ever present. Essential to his yearning was a spirituality based on worship not of G-d but of family, and of the timeless traditions that guided their lives.
About the AuthorJeff is a financial industry consultant, who previously held senior positions at Citibank, the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. His latest book is "Bela's Letters," a family memoir based on his parents, who were survivors of the Hungarian Holocaust. Jeff also has written a screenplay entitled "The Bank Examiners." He lives with his wife in Jersey City, NJ.
For more information visit Jeff Ingber's website. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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