Day After Night: A Novel by Anita Diamant

day after nightAtlit was an internment camp for illegal immigrants in Palestine before the creation of Israel.  Day After Night is a fictionalized account of the weeks leading up to the liberation of its inmates in 1945.  It’s a gripping story that addresses the aftermath of the Holocaust and the difficulties of pre-Israel Palestine, told through the eyes of four young women who are inmates in Atlit.  All four arrive in Palestine by the skin of their teeth; all of them have widely divergent tales to tell from the hell that was Nazi-controlled Europe.  

Diamant captures well the uncertainty and dismay of inmate life – the feeling that they exchanged one form of detainment for another, the lack of belief in a future, etc.  She also sheds light on the idealists and the dreamers of the time and place who later played such an integral part in the formation of the state of Israel.  The book is definitely a welcome addition to literature about the shaky times immediately following World War II.    

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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