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PAGE18A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2012 Dawson From page 1A tragic history in the Ukraine during World War II." In "Hiding in the Spot- light," Dawson shares the incredible, true story of his mother, Zhanna Ar- shanskaya Dawson, now 85. Zhanna was only 13 years old when the Nazis invaded her coastal hometown, Kharkov, in the Ukraine. Zhanna, a Jewish girl, sur- vived the war, aided by her prodigious piano playing skills. Zhanna passed as a gentile, and played with a troupe of entertainers. that traveled the occupied territories, literally playing for the enemy. Even more incredible, Dawson cud not learn about his mother's history as a Holocaust survivor, or about her Jewish heritage, until hewas in his 30s, and already the father of two children. When the Ho- locaust mini-series came out in the 1970s, Zhanna's story came out as well. She had not wanted to burden her son with her horrific past, but realized that her tale must be told to pass on to her grand- children, as well as future generations. So, mother arid son sat down together over a period of three to four years and recounted her story. As a reporter, he focused on the historical events adding, "From the beginning the story was surreal to me. As a journal- ist it was easier for me to take an outside vfew." Zhanna's portion of the book is highlighted in italics, and pulls the reader in, as she shares heart-wrenching emotions concerning the loss of her parents, and living on her own at the of 13. "Hiding in the Spot- light" (Spotlight) was well received. Kirkus Reviews called it, "an inspiring sto- ry." The website Goodreads gave the book 4 stars. But despite the accolades, Daw- son knew his family's story was not finished, as there was an unwritten chapter that would later become the book, "Judgment Be- fore Nuremberg." While visiting the Ukraine to gather material for "Spotlight," Dawson discovered that Nazi war trials had taken place in the Ukraine in 1943, *well before the "Nuremburg Tri- als" (henceforth, the-title of the new book), which took place after the war. Dawson was intrigued by these little known Ukrai- nian War Trials, which put the very Nazis on trial that had eliminated the 16,000 Jews of Kharkov, includ- ing his grandparents and great-grandparents, over an open ravine at Babitsky Yar. "My book had one more chapter, and so I began 'Judgment Before Nurem- burg,' with the support of Pegasus books," says Daw- son. "The Nazi trials in the Ukraine came fu'll circle, as the trial took place where the Nazis began their mass exterminations. The Ein: satzgruppen, Nazi soldiers who served as mass killing squads, were put on trial in the Ukraine at the impetus of Joseph Stalin, with a small group of soldiers standing in for the differing levels of command. '"My biggest challenge with the 'Judgment' book was that I am a journal- ist and not a scholar of the Holocaust. In fact, this kind of research with footnotes and citations, is not nearly as attractive to me as feature writing. Yet, when all was said and done, my first bits of feedback from 'Judgment Before Nuremburg' came from a Holocaust scholar who cited my works no less than six times." Dawson personalized his new book with anecdotes from his family history, as he did in "Hiding in the Spotlight," stating, "In this book my mother's story continues. Once again, I pull in my family history, as I searched for my grand- parent's killers." " How does Dawson bal- ance his life as a columnist and his life as the author. of two heavyweight books? Dawson states, "The an- swer is surprisingly simple. I report on stori,es that entertaining. Readers are interested in compelling stories. My mother's story is also compelling, and informative (I would not use the wor~l 'entertain- ing,' rather it is captivat- ing). Her life is an 85-year tale, which features more twists and turns than any theme ride. This story told itself. I found myself, again, comfortable in the role a reporter, handing the spotlight over to my mother and her family." For more information checkout www.hiding- ingspottight, where books can be ordered and per- sonally signed by Dawson. Both books are avail- able at Barnes and Noble, and downloadable on the Kindle. Pamela Ruben is a local "author, teacher to both children and adults, and . are both informative and free-lance writer. Rallies From page 2A the attack was yet another unwelcome reminder that they must bolster their public Campaign against anti-Semitism, which only recently began to gain steam in the Scandinavian country after years of attacks and intimidation against Jews, often byiocal Muslims. "The attack on the syna- gogue may have been an at- temp.t to intimidate us back into submission," said An- nika Hernroth-Rothstein, a 31-year-old Jewish woman from a city near Stockholm who has helped organize some of the recent Jewish solidarity rallies in Sweden. "The decision by Swed- ish Jews to rally against anti-Semitism is perceived by perpetrators as provoca- tion," she told JTA. "We must go on: It may need to get worse before it gets better." Fred Kahn, board chair- man of Malmo's Jewish community of approximate- ly 1,000, said he insisted on a business-as-usual approach after the attack '!to show our enemies they have no chance of intimi- dating us." The rallies against anti- Semitism in Sweden--at least 10 so far--began last December when a few Malmo synagogue-goers decided to keep on their kipahs after services and, in violation of security protocol, marched with them through town. Sev- eral more "kipah walks" followed, all organized by members of the community through Facebook. One gathering in Au- gust in Stockholm drew about 400 Jews and non- Jews, including govern- ment ministers. A similar number showed up for a ra41y in Stockholm on Oct. 7, including some leading politicians. Another solidaritymarch is planned for Saturday in Malmo. "The community here used to keep a low profile, but there's a feeling that we are lost if we do n6thing now," Frederik Sieradski, a spokesman for the Malmo Jewish community, told JTA a recent soli- darity trip that Jews from Copenhagen made to his city of 300,000--the third largest in Sweden. The newly aggressive public actions by Jews against anti-Semitism mark a Significant shift for Swedish Jews, accord- ing to Mikael Tossavainen, a Swedish-born researcher of anti-Semitism in Scandi- navia atTel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary Jewry. Tossavainen noted that a "very similar attack" against Malmo's only Or- thodox synagogue in 2010 "attracted far less inter- national attention and re- sponse" than the Sept. 28 attack. The emergence of the kipah walks was a major fac- tor in attracting attention to the problem in Malmo, he said. Another factor, Tossavainen said, was the city's mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, who made international headlines when he advised Jews who want to be safe in Malmo to reject Zionism. Though he has con- demned anti-Semitism, Reepalu has called Zionism a form of"extremism" com- parable with anti-Semitism and said the Jewish commu- nity has been "infiltrated" by anti-Muslim agents. During her visit to the country in June, Hannah Rosenthal, the Obama administration's special envoy for combating anti- Semitism, said Malmo under Reepalu is a prime example of "new anti-Sem- itism," where anti-Israel sentiment serves as a thin guise for Jew-hatred. Since her visit, Malmo police have been more willing to follow up on complaints about anti- Semitism, according to Rabbi Shneur Kesseiman, an envoy of the Chabad- Lubavitch movement to Malmo. Data by the Swedish Na- tional Council for Crime Prevention show that in the years 2009-2011, Malmo saw an average of 70 anti-Semitic incidents a year. Daisy Balkin Rung, a Jewish woman who grew up in Malmo but left years ago, came to a different conclusion after the at- tack. In a controversial Op-Ed on the website of Sweden's TV4 that gen- erated chatter on media outlets throughout the country, Rung called on Jews to leave Malmo. "It's sad to admit: The kipah walks are a good thing, but they are not changing the situation in Malmo," Rung told JTA. "I'm afraid Malmo is one battle which the other side has won." Security From page 4A my mind, is a much safer choice. Unlike Obama, he not only understands Israel's predicament, he actually likes the country. Tobe sure, no one should argue that Jews must support Romne.y just because he is more reliable on Israel. But neither should they dis- Viewpoint From page 5A A video on Youtube shows Obama expressing his rela- tionship to the Muslim faith in his own words. You can also search for the video "Perilous Times," which shows what people in Israel feel about Mr. Obama. Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, elect- ed to govern Egypt, is an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish or- ganization that calls Israel a terrorist vampire organiza- tion that is anti-Christian and anti-women's rights and said their purpose was to go to war with Israel. Recently we have seen unrest in a great number of countries in the Middle East. Our ambassador and several others were killed on the anniversary of.9-11. President Obama and his ad- ministration blame these at- miss him because they capital, a promise he made don't agree with his every in the last election. position. When the Jewish So keep in mind Obama's homeland is at stake, we open microphone corn- must not let our.selves be ments next time someone fooled by Obama'soration says you must take the skills. Nor canwe afford to president at his word. And ignore his troubling track ask yourself: Should we record on Israel. risk Israel's security on his ThosewhosupportObama campaign rhetoric? are asking the rest of us to For Obama, the issue is trustapresidentwhohasyet only political; for Israel, to recognize Israel's ancient it's existential--a matter tacks on a youtube segment of an anti Muslim movie (that few people have seen) and not his policies. We now know from the beginning, Obama's administration misled us to believe it was not a terrorist attack. So much for his foreign policy success. Secretary of State Clin- ton, in July 2010, along with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; initiated what was called the "Istanbul Process" to find ways that our First Amendment rights could allow Shariah blas- phemy laws. The Washing- ton Times said "the Obama administration repeatedly has conveyed a willingness to accommodate--or at least tolerate--this threat to one of our most fun- damental constitutional liberties: freedom of speech. That willingness is part of a pattern of submissive be- havior that has encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies to believe that America is in retreat and that Shariah's inevitable, divinely directed and global triumiSh is at hand. As Iran builds nuclear weapons to use against Israel and the U.S the President decided that he will not draw a red line for Iran and he has no time for Netanyahu. After all he must keep .campaigning and planning for his upcoming visit with the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and his appearance, once again, on the Letterman show. It is not surprising that a recent poll in Israel was " over 90 percent in favor of the Romney-Ryan ticket. The Jerusalem Post had recent articles calling Rom- ney and Ryan true friends of-survival. Sheldon G. Adelson is an internationally renowned entrepreneur and philan, thropist. He is the world's leading private donor to Jewish education, the Birth- right Israel program, and Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. In June, he gave the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC $10 million. of Israel and encouraged Americans to vote for them. Romney has been a friend Of Netanyahu for many years and made clear in his recent visit that he supports and values Israel and the rela- tionship the U.S. has had with them, Ryan has written that the U.S. "has no better friend in the Middle East than the nation of Israel." 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