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Guest at the Shooters' Banquet

Gabis, Rita

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Title: Guest at the Shooters' Banquet

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Binding: Hardcover

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In prose as beautiful as it is powerful, Rita Gabis follows the trail of her grandfather's collaboration with the Nazis--a trail riddled with secrets, slaughter, mystery, and discovery. Num Pages: 464 pages, Maps and B&W photos throughout. BIC Classification: 1DVUF; BM; HBTZ1; HBWQ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 235 x 155 x 36. Weight in Grams: 751. . 2015. 1St Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781632862617

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Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. She was close to her Catholic grandfather as a child and knew one version of his past: prior to immigration he had fought the Russians, whose brutal occupation of Lithuania destroyed thousands of lives before Hitler's army swept in.

Three years ago, Gabis discovered an unthinkable dimension to her family story: from 1941 to 1943, her grandfather had been the chief of security police under the Gestapo in the Lithuanian town of Svencionys, near the killing field of Poligon, where eight thousand Jews were murdered over three days in the fall of 1941. In 1942, the local Polish population was also hunted down. Gabis felt compelled to find out the complicated truth of who her grandfather was and what he had done.

Built around dramatic interviews in four countries, filled with original scholarship, mesmerizing in its lyricism, A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet is a history and family memoir like no other, documenting "the holocaust by bullets" with a remarkable quest as Gabis returns again and again to the country of her grandfather's birth to learn all she can about the man she thought she knew.

About the Author: Rita Gabis is an award-winning poet and prose writer. Her grants and fellowships include a New York Foundation for the Arts award for creative nonfiction, the Curtis Harnack residency at Yaddo, and a Writer's Residency at the Fine Arts Workshop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is the author of the poetry collection The Wild Field. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Harvard Review and Columbia Magazine. She teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York City.

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