Monday, August 18, 2014

A civil war is a civil war.

The rebel-led administration in Donetsk said they had introduced the death penalty for offences including treason, desertion and sabotage, according to the BBC. That’s what happens in a Civil War. Ask Klara Rasputnis of “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historical novel which captures the brutal Russian Civil War in the Ukraine a century ago. Both Reds and Whites signed on to those methods, too. “Klara’s Journey,” ebk formats,  follow me on twitter @bengfrank



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jewish Refugee Crisis in Ukraine

 In what has been stated here previously as “the biggest Jewish refugee crisis in Ukraine since World War II, “ The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)  reported that more than 500 Jews who fled Eastern Ukraine because of heavy fighting there, have been provided an aid program by JDC in such cities as Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Odessa. This follows the announcement of Chabad that about 250 Jewish refugees have been resettled in a Chabad refugee camp in Zhitomir.  Thousands of Jews have suffered because of the fighting  in Eastern Ukraine and every day more 1,000 people flee that conflict zone, according to the UN. Unfortunately, déjà vu, similar scenes in the Russian Civil War, which I researched in “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press)



Monday, August 11, 2014

Jewish Refugees in Eastern Ukraine

JEWISH REFUGEES IN EASTERN UKRAINE. Every day more than 1,000 people flee the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, according to the United Nations. As for the Jewish community:  “This is the biggest Jewish refugee crisis in Ukraine since World War II,” exclaims Rabbi Sholom Gopin, speaking to from Zhitomer, where he is directing a refugee camp as he attempts to help community members resettle, at least temporarily. . Klara Rasputnis, of  “Klara’s Journey,  knew what it was to be a refugee. She went alone on a journey and confronted threadbare armies, famished beggars, violent protesters and her own hunger. Ebk formats, follow me on twitter @bengfrank


Friday, August 8, 2014

Putin won't back down!

Putin unlikely to back down in crisis.  Russia raising the ante re sanctions by banning most food imports from the West. Both sides will suffer, farmers in the West and U.S. and “empty shelves” in Russia. And despite tension and massing of Russian troops on Ukrainian border, the Russians and Ukrainians are not shooting at each other----at least “directly.” For background, check out “Klara’s Journey,” a story of “betrayal, high drama and love.” Wherever books are sold. Ebk formats. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. Also,take a look at my other two books on Russia!  “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).




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One Year Anniversary of "Klara's Journey,"

This summer is the 1-year anniversary of the publication of “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press). Little did I know that this historical novel of the Russian Civil War would be very relevant to the current Russia-Ukrainian crisis and the new Cold War. Check out “Klara’s Journey,” a story of “betrayal, high drama and love.” Ebk formats. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank .

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Refugees flee Donetsk and Luhansk.

As the fighting in eastern Ukraine intensifies between government forces and pro-Russian rebels, around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the UN says that in the past week alone 6,200 people have fled their homes. This Civil War brings a refugee crisis as it did when Klara Rasputnis fled Ukraine a hundred years ago. For background, check out “Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel, Ebk formats, follow me on twitter @bengfrank