Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lest we forget, "Deals with the Devil"

Lest we forget. . “Deals with the devil never pay off.”  The infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop or the Nazi-Soviet pact, signed August 23, 1939, The pact divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Germany invaded Poland on Sept 1, and Stalin marched into Poland on Sep. 17. The pact freed Hitler from a war on two fronts and made possible Hitler’s stunning expansion over Europe during the next two years. The Nazis double crossed Stalin and invaded Russia on June 22, 1941. Check out my two books on Russia and Ukraine: “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historical novel, http://amzn.to/13Sp769 and “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press)  a travel narrative, http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. Both are also ebooks. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Travel to Cuba

Support for ending travel restrictions to Cuba building., Now is the time for future sojourners to Havana and arm-chair travelers to check out "The Scattered Tribe,Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T, a travel narrative and the latest book on Jewish community in Cuba. Also an ebook. Wherever books are sold, Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lest we forget

Lest we forget “the black years of Soviet Jewry,” and “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” when more than a dozen celebrated Soviet Jewish writers and artists were executed by Stalin  on August 12, 1952. Included were writers-poets David Bergelson, Itsik Feffer, Perets Markish, and Leib Kvitko. For more info on Russia, check my “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) and “A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine" (Pelican Publishing).



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Planning a trip to Cuba.

Tourism to Cuba has surged nearly 20 %  this year so if you’re planning a trip or are an arm chair traveler, read “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press) a travel narrative, http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. Also an ebook. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ah Odessa!

Ah Odessa. Nice to see that despite the terrible civil war in Ukraine, the Jews of Odessa keep up Jewish heritage, and why not. Odessa has a special place in Russian Jewish history, great Jewish writers lived and worked there, it was an enlightened and Zionist city, a unique place, "the only large Russian city they weren't barred from in Czarist times." For more on Odessa, check out my "Klara's Journey," (Marion Street Press) and ":The Scattered Tribe:Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press). Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Cold War

Whether we call it a new cold war or just tension, we're in for a long standoff with Russia. Never a better time to know the background and history. Check "Klara's Journey," (Marion Street Press) an historical novel,http://amzn.to/13Sp769. and "The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press) )http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. Both ebooks. Wherever books are sold, Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Now is the time to read "Klara's Journey""

If ever there existed a time when an unbridled Russian nationalism expresses itself openly, it is Russia today under Vladimir Putin. We now have the emergence  of a new Cold War which in reality began after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the Russian Civil War, (1918-22). Travel back in time to that source of today’s war in Ukraine, by reading “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), “ an historical novel, a story of “betrayal, drama and love.” http://amzn.to/13Sp769. Wherever books are sold and an ebook as well as  J. Levine Books and Judaica, levinejudaica.com  Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015.  Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015. or a great cause.The suggested donation will be $25 with the proceeds raised benefiting the South Florida Pitt Club Endowed Scholarship Fund.