In Search of the Wave Mark Twain Surfed

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Mark Twain Surf Hawaii

One hundred and fifty years ago, Mark Twain, yet to make a name for himself—his nom de plume was fresh at that point and he had yet to publish any of his celebrated novels—was on assignment in Hawaii. He had set off to explore the culture and history of the archipelago, submit copy to papers like the Sacramento Union, and document other experiences for eventual compilation in his humorous and informative travelogue, Roughing ItRead more

The Best Things to Do in Frankfurt

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Best Things to Do in Frankfurt

With the consequences of the Brexit looming and the ripple effects of America’s changing political face, its certain that the European Union will evolve. Frankfurt, with its international airport and big-bank headquarters, which already serves as a hub for commercial and financial interests, will increase its importance in the EU. Yet, everything about this German city feels so far removed from big business and the market. Read more

Jewish Life and Death in Warsaw

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Jewish Life in Warsaw Zookeeper's Wife House
The first two times I had visited Warsaw, I was underwhelmed by the sites dedicated to the murdered Jews. The former bunker at Mila 18, where Analewicz and his men had fought to the death, was just a mound. The Jewish cemetery was locked. The last remaining segment of the Warsaw ghetto wall was in an apartment courtyard where residents paid more attention to their laundry drying on lines. And as I stood before the powerful testament to the resistance fighters, a man sidled up beside me and allowed his dog to urinate on the steps that led up to the statue. Read more

The Food of an Extant People

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Jewish Restaurant in Lublin
When I was a kid, I had once gone to a Native American ceremonial event. I was young, but I had known that something was not quite right. Perhaps the caucasian-looking men toying around with blunted hatchets, with strikes of face paint, had links to a massacred people. But they were smiling too much and seemed to be having an inappropriate amount of fun; a stark contrast to the man in the background sitting somber and astute. Was he watching his people respectfully reenact some historical event, or examining a bunch of white guys flippantly revise his history? I’ll never know the answer, but when I visited a thematically Jewish restaurant in Lublin, Poland, last summer, I thought about that man and the pow wow. Read more

Win a Copy of A World Erased (and Other Prizes)

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My memoir, A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets, hits shelves today. This book, which took about a decade to research and write, is a story about traveling to uncover a hidden past, and it’s a story about a relationship strengthened by remembering. The Philadelphia Inquirer named it one of the best books of the year and Booklist called it “a vital contribution to Holocaust collections.”


I’m excited about the book and its message. I hope you’ll read it, and I hope it resonates with others. To help spread the word, I’m giving away a few prizes. All you need to do to qualify for a prize is one of the following two things (though you can do both):


1). Write a review of the book on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


2). Share the book on social media. Some ideas:


  • Take a photograph of the book cover.
  • Link to the book’s page.
  • Quote your favorite line/excerpt.
  • Share your stories about your family.


(Please tag me in social media posts, so I can keep track for the contest. I’m on Facebook at Noah LedermanAuthor: Noah Lederman, and Somewhere Or Bust. I’m on Twitter @SomewhereOrBust or @NoahLederman. And I’m on Instagram @SomewhereOrBust.)




A). A signed copy of the book. (But since you already own one–right?–I’ll make it out to whomever you’d like. It’ll make for a nice present.)


B). A short story about my grandparents that has never been published before.


Since you’ll want some time to read the book before posting or writing a review, the deadline for this contest will be March 15, 2017. Winners will be announced thereafter.


Thanks for your support.