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Lev Golinkin: A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

(Memoir, 320 pp. 2014)

In the twilight of the Cold War, nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Golinkin, now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family’s long trek, locate the strangers who fought for his freedom, and in the process, gain a future by understanding his past.

Kirkus Review

Review by William Grimes, New York Times, November 23, 2014

Review, Jewish Book Council

Review by Gal Beckerman, Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2014

Review by Joshua Dill, Commonweal, March 26, 2015

Review by Elizabeth Kiem. Post-Gazette, November 23, 2014

Video: Lev Golinkin speaks, HIAS headquarters, New York City, December 22, 2014 (45 min.)