Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lest We Forget, WWII

 Lest We Forget: The end of World War II. 70 Years ago. The first signing of German surrender takes place at Rheims, France, on May 7. The second and final surrender ceremony is on May 8, in Berlin. On May 9, nearly four years after the Nazi invasion of Russia, Moscow makes a victory announcement. “Attention! This is Moscow. Germany has capitulated. This day, in honor of the victorious Great Patriotic War, is to be a national holiday, a festival of victory.” Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich ends and with it “the Nazis’ horrendous tyranny supported to the last by most Germans,” wrote historian Fritz Stern, a topic I researched in my latest book on Russia and Ukraine, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historical novel. Check out my other book  on Russia and Ukraine, “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press). Both are available wherever books, including Amazon, kindle, nook, etc. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From Disney to Havana

From Disney to Havana: A Florida travel agency will soon be offering twice-weekly flights between Orlando and Cuba. Island Travel and Tours says it will be begin nonstop service between Orlando and Havana on July 8, according to The Miami Herald.  For the latest travel book, guide, on the Jews of Cuba and Jewish sites on the island, read, “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) a travel narrative, wherever books are sold and  an ebook: http://amzn.to/J3Z47T . In Florida: Liberty Book Store, 330 N Clematis St #117, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, (561) 906-5399 West Palm Beach, FL, www.libertybookstore.com. In New York area, J. Levine Books and Judaica, 5 West 30th St. NYC, 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.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

EU and Ukraine, message.

The bottom line: The EU will have to send a message that it cannot safeguard its own backyard if Ukraine fails as a state or Russia annexes any more of its territory. For more on Russia and Ukraine in the new Cold War, read “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historical novel, a story of “life, loss and love,” http://amzn.to/13Sp769  and my The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press), a travel narrative of exotic Jewish communities in the world,  wherever books are sold and  an ebook: http://amzn.to/J3Z47T Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

40th anniversary of end of Vietnam War.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Timely is my chapter on Vietnam and its Jewish community in “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press),  http://amzn.to/J3Z47T ---a travel narrative re exotic Jewish communities throughout the world. Ebook, kindle, nook. Available wherever books are sold! In Florida: Liberty Book Store, 330 N Clematis St #117, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, (561) 906-5399 West Palm Beach, FL, www.libertybookstore.com. In New York area, J. Levine Books and Judaica, 5 West 30th St. NYC, levinejudaica.com Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pope to visit Cuba as well as Joint Session of Congress

Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September and then continue his journey to New York, Philadelphia and Washington where he is expected to address a joint session of Congress. For more on the Vatican’s role in brokering the U.S. Cuban rapprochement, read my “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press), wherever books are sold and  an ebook: http://amzn.to/J3Z47T Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Lecture Topic

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My timely new lecture topic: (also attached)


WHO SHOULD WE ROOT FOR : Russia or Ukraine?

Where do American Jews stand?
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New Cold War. New Civil War in Ukraine.

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OUR JEWISH HERITAGE: Russia & Ukraine:
Until 1920, Russia and Ukraine were the spiritual and religious center of the Jewish people in Europe.  From 1880 to 1920, 2 million Jews emigrated from the old Russian Empire to the U.S.

“The World of Our Fathers and Mothers.”

*From the shtetl to the Czar to Russian Jews in the 21st Century:
*Russia: Yesterday, today and tomorrow?

Meet Ben G. Frank, journalist, reporter and former news person at Radio Liberty, as well as the   author of the just- published Klara’s Journey, A Novel,”(Marion Street Press) a story of  betrayal, high drama, love that takes place in Ukraine & Russia! He is also the author of  “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) a travel narrative, with several chapters on Russia and Ukraine, and the Trans-Siberian Railway..

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*Impact of Russian Revolution & Civil War explored in this new historical novel, “Klara’s Journey,” by Ben G. Frank, considered one of this country’s most distinguished travel writers and commentators on Jewish communities around the world.

Talking points:

·       The Russian-Ukraine Crisis
·       EU and Sanctions
·       Future of Ukraine
·       Why history is important and yet….
·       The Russian and Ukrainian Jewish Community.

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Ben G. Frank is also the author of “A Travel Guide to the Jewish Caribbean and South America,”  “A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe,” and “A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine,” all Pelican Publishing Company.

Ben G. Frank  journeyed  through Russia and the Ukraine, Siberia and the Russian Far East, China and Japan, as well as Canada, before writing this historical novel , “Klara’s Journey.”
 
A former newspaper reporter with the New Haven Register and Elizabeth Daily Journal, he has published articles in Hadassah Magazine, Reform Judaism Magazine, The New Haven Register, The Arkansas Gazette,  Inside Chappaqua Magazine, and Inside Magazine, Philadelphia, PA.
 
About the book:
Klara’s Journey: A Novel
ISBN 9781936863471  * 228 pages, trade paperback$17.95 (CAN $19.95)
 
 
 
 


Jews from India in WWII

Jews from India fought with British forces in WWII, points out an exhibition in the Museum of the Jewish Soldier in WWII in Latrun, Israel. One of the most noted Jews with the British and in the Indian Army later was Lt. Gen. Jack Frederick Ralph Jacob, noted Olam Yehudi magazine in the Jewish Press. For more info on Incredible India and its Jews, read, “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com