Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“Civil war,”Stephen Kotkin writes, “was not something that deformed the Bolsheviks; it formed them … [providing] the opportunity to develop and to validate the struggle against ‘exploiting classes’ and ‘enemies’ …. For Stalin, the civil war was especially formative, since it gave him his first experience of executive power,” notes Anne Applebaum in her excellent review of “Stalin,” by Stephen Kotkin. “Check out “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historic novel and a gripping saga of Russia’ Civil War. Ebk formats and wherever books are sold. ). Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL

I’’ll be speaking at the “Kickoff event” of “Passport” luncheon talks at Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL, this Sunday, Oct. 19, on my travels to Jewish communities in Asia, including Siberia, India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in researching my two recent books, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press),  an historical novel re Ukraine and Russia,, and “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahini & Beyond” (Globe Pequot Press). Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Nobody lovds Russia

In “The Life of a Useless Man, by Maxim Gorki,  a character explains that “nobody loved Russia, that everybody robbed it and wished it every kind of harm, “ shades of Vladimir Putin’s outlook on the West. “Unfortunate Russia,” has been the mindset of those in the Kremlin for centuries. No wonder we have a crisis in Ukraine now and as we did, 100 years ago, when Klara made her journey across Siberia in the story of “betrayal, high drama and love,” in "Klara’s Journey," an historical novel.

Crisis in Ukraine discussed at "Klara's Journey," book signing event



With many in attendance, Ben G. Frank, author of  ”Klara’s Journey,” an historical audience pointed out at a book signing event at J. Levine Books and Judaica in New York City, that  while there are glimmers of hope that the bloodshed will cease in Ukraine, the truce “is very shaky” and fighting still rages around Donetsk.

            Frank was launching his historical novel, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), a story of betrayal, high drama and love,” that deals with the Russian Revolution and the Civil War that followed.

            On his part, Danny Levine, ‎President & 4th Generation Owner of J Levine Books & Judaica and, noted that Frank has been to Russia and Ukraine at least a half dozen times. During the Cold War, Frank worked for Radio Liberty which broadcasts to the former Soviet Union and now Russia. His family is from the Ukraine.

            In answering questions of those attending the book event at J. Levine’s , Frank pointed out that a small number of Jews have lost their lives and several thousand Jews have been moved or displaced to safer Ukrainian cities where they have been taken care of by the  Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Chabad and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. More than a thousand have made aliya to Israel.

Frank said that the crisis in Ukraine had ignited a new Cold War, one that actually can be traced back the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922, the time frame of “Klara’s Journey which he discussed at the signing and which is available wherever books are sold and as an ebook.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

75 years ago, Russia gobbles up half of Poland,

LEST WE FORGET: About 2 weeks after Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1,1939 and ignited World War II, Stalin as part of the perfidious Molotov-Ribbentrop secret agreement of August  23, gobbled up parts of Poland on September 17, 1939. Communist Russia had made a deal with the German devil, and ironically, it was only in 1989 that the Soviet authorities admitted the existence of the secret protocol of the Nazi-Soviet Pact which actually was of no avail to Moscow, because Germany invaded the USSR on June 22, 1941.Four years later, with millions dead, Russia defeated the Nazis.  Check out my 3 books on Russia and Ukraine. Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel,  (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 Co.)..Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

thanks to all who came to book signing, "Klara's Journey,"

Nice turnout and reception from guests at J. Levine Books & Judaica, on 9/9, re “Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel. (Marion Street Press). All acknowledged tie-in between the Russian Civil War and the current Civil War in Ukraine. Thanks to all who came to the book signing. Still some books left at J. Levine, 5 West 30th st. NYC.


Friday, August 29, 2014

An Invasion is an invasion is an invasion.

An invasion is an invasion is an invasion. Some now are saying it’s an open “war” between Russia and Ukraine. No doubt, Putin escalated the crisis so that the separatists could turn the tide of Ukrainian military encircling the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. If Ukraine forces fall back, Moscow can get better conditions in the ultimate political settlement AND even get a land bridge to annexed Crimea.. The Kremlin’s goal is the same: Prevent Ukraine from moving West and joining EU and NATO.  I’ll be answering questions on Ukraine and Russia conflict at book event , Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel, at J. Levine Books and Judaica, 5 West 30th st. NYC, bet. 12 noon and 2 pm on Tuesday, 9/9. Also ebk. , Ebk. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.