'Jew' Is Only Word in 1,250-Page Book
'And Every Single One Was Someone' tries to stir up discussion
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Updated Jan 26, 2014 4:00 PM CST
The cover of the book.   (Amazon.com)

(Newser) – It's more than 1,200 pages long and contains just one word, six million times: "Jew." By signifying the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, And Every Single One Was Someone is designed to stimulate discussion and meditation, the New York Times reports. "That’s how the Nazis viewed their victims," says author Phil Chernofsky, an Orthodox Jew. "These are not individuals, these are not people, these are just a mass we have to exterminate." But the idea isn't really original (exhibits at former death camps have piled shoes and eyeglasses) and some Holocaust educators are calling the new $90 Geffen title a gimmick.

A Holocaust museum in Jerusalem called Yad Vashem is taking a different approach, filling a huge Book of Names (6 1/2 feet tall, 46 feet wide) with the actual names of Jewish victims. "We have no doubt that this is the right way to deal with the issue," said the memorial's director. But Every Single One has supporters like the Anti-Defamation League, which is selling thousands of copies and hopes to put one in the Oval Office. "When he brought me this book I said, ‘Wow, wow, it makes it so real,'" said the league's national director. "It’s haunting." (It's not the only Holocaust news today: A US historian is returning an award from Hungary over what he calls the nation's attempt to erase its complicity in the Holocaust, Reuters reports.)

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May 3, 2014 1:42 PM CDT
As long as there are men, there will be Genocide.
Jan 27, 2014 8:43 PM CST
With the ongoing Genocide of Falun Gonf practitioners in China (started in 1999), who knows how big an equivalent memorial book would be - given that the paper trail has been systematically erased or not even initiated in most cases. A tag line for the freely available expose documentary on the subject, Transmission 6-10, is "No record of the nameless!". Genocide must first be acknowledge that it is going on...and then confronted to bring an end to it. That is not happening with the case in China. Start the process now.......inform others!
George R
Jan 27, 2014 2:32 PM CST
I bought this novel on Amazon a couple of weeks ago, and I have to admit I'm kind of disappointed. I've already made some inquiries about the possibility of returning it, but I've been told repeatedly that "we are not currently offering refunds on this title". Has anyone else experienced this problem?