In "Where Are the Children?", Herb Brin, poet and essayist, resumes his intense, unrelenting search to find an answer to the 50 year old question: How could the German, a people that reveled in its self description as "the nation of poets and thinkers," euphorically follow Adolf Hitler to commit the greatest mass crime in human history? That question is prologue to the spectre of revulsion that has haunted Brin all his adult life: How could the Holocaust happen, perpetrated by Germans and their collaborators, with the apssice complicity of the rest of the world? Even the Vatican! In his earlier book, Ich Bin Ein Jude, Brin started the search by following the tracks that led Six Million Jews to the gas chambers and crematoria of Poland and Germany. Yet, still and always seeking the answer, and with the encouragement of Elie Wiesel, Brin accepted a long-standing invitation by the West German government to come and try to find out for himself. During three intensive weeks, he interviewed some 40 leaders of the new Germany, from university professors and politicians to publishers, editors and legal scholars. Twenty eight of the key interviews make up the essence of this book, which represents a compelling contribution to the literature of the Holocaust and of the disaster-ridden 20th Century. "Where Are the Children?" is Brin's sixth book and each has revealed another aspect of this many-faceted poet, writer and journalist. In Wild Flowers, Justice, Justice and Conflicts, Herb infused the anemic state of modern American poetry with a new and passionate voice that celebrated the tragedies and triumphs of his people with burning indignation and ecstatic joy.
by Herb Brin