[Book Review] The Interpreter by AJ Sidransky

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By AJ Sidransky

American GI Kurt Berlin finds himself being recruited by the OSS to serve as a translator in war-torn Europe, during the interrogations of captured Nazis. Through his work, Berlin discovers the Nazi responsible for his own persecution before he fled Europe as a refugee. He finds himself facing a moral dilemma as this man may hold the key to find the girl he left behind.

Sidransky crafts a brilliantly gripping story centered around an agonizing period in history. The story draws from the author’s own family experience and paints a very vivid picture of the antisemitic atmosphere of the time period. The story also examines the politics of the time, favoring expediency and appeasement, which led to one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever known.

True to Sidransky’s other works, the characters are well-developed and the story well researched. The transitions in time, as the story progresses, flow easily. I had a difficult time putting this one down.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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