One night in January 1943, Moritz, a member of the French Resistance, is hauled out of Marseille by the Gestapo. His wife, Rosie, is left pregnant and solely responsible for their two young sons, Erwin and Jacky. In a daring escape attempt, Rosie and her boys board a train to Saint-Claude on the Swiss border, carrying forged documents and diamonds embedded in a bar of laundry soap. A treacherous journey—with calculated briberies, a grueling trek through frigid mountains, and the astonishing help of a few compassionate souls—ensues. This vivid saga is written years later by Erwin, a character based on the child our author once was, who recounts it in his mother’s voice to capture her acute perceptions, inner turmoil, and fierce desire to survive.
“…an almost breathless, stream of consciousness [work], in which facts, memories, dream fragments, and thoughts are woven together into a single, delicate, sensitive tapestry…thrilling and out of the ordinary.”—Makor Rishon (Israeli weekly)
“…an account of what it really meant—hour by hour, mile by mile—to save one’s life by seeking refuge…By giving a voice to his heroic mother, Mayer has honored not only her memory but her courage and strength. And, more than that, he has given names to those men, women and children who would otherwise be forgotten.”—Los Angeles Jewish Journal
Isha Echat (Silent Letter)
Sifriat Maariv, 2010
El Chof Mivtachim
(To a Safe Haven)
Sifriat Maariv, 2013
The saga of Isha Echat (Silent Letter) continues, as Rosie and her children join other Holocaust survivors on a perilous voyage to the Land of Israel.
Bein Arbayim (Twilight)
Eliner Library, 2014
A collection of essays on basic values according to the Jewish Sages.
Yad Laad, 2002
B’Tzomet (At a Crossroads)
Eliner Library, 1993
A collection of essays on the Holocaust, Zionism, education, and current affairs.
La lettre meutte (Silent Letter)
Editions Alphil, 2013