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Judenrein follows a man with a checkered past who must stop a world changing conspiracy. What was the inspiration for setup to this dystopian thriller?

I got the idea for this book when I started to see white supremacists become more vocal and visible in American politics, and face remarkably little official pushback – at least from the current president. These groups make no secret of their goal of driving the Jews (and a lot of other non-white groups) either out of the country, into slavery or death. I became intrigued with the possibility of a secret white supremacist group seizing power behind the scenes. This would be the ultimate “suits not boots” strategy for them, as they might call it.

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“Judenrein” posits what might happen if a right-wing conspiracy in the United States – and a cooperative president, came together

Review: “Incredibly timely, to the point of almost prophetic…”

This dystopian thriller captured my attention from the first chapter and didn’t let go to the last page. The story is fast-paced and will keep you guessing at who can be trusted. The plot is incredibly timely, to the point of almost prophetic, and a reminder that those who “fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it” (Churchill). The writing is incredibly powerful and vividly descriptive. Zack Gurevitz is an interestingly complex protagonist struggling with addiction and a difficult relationship with his faith. He’s not your typical, clean cut, hero which only made me root for him more.

Great Review from Literary Titan

“It’s 2020, many years after the Civil Rights Movement and racism is still an issue. In fact, people seem to be radicalizing: white nationalists and Neo-Nazi movements are springing up everywhere. Imagine what would happen if a White Nationalist group infiltrated the highest office in the country, the white house. It would go from building a wall at the Mexican border to coming up with creative ways of rounding up non-white Americans. With human rights protected by the constitution and the UN, it seems improbable that one race would annihilate the others. But we should not underestimate the drive of a “higher cause.” – Literary Titan

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Judenrein: A Jewish Dystopian Thriller

Judenrein, a Jewish Dystopian Thriller, Issues a Stark Warning of Rising American Anti-Semitism

April 30th, 9:38 PM EDT

New book by Harold Benjamin envisions the fate of American Jews after white supremacists seize the reins of power in Washington

NEW YORK – April 30, 2020 /MarketersMedia/ —

Intrados Publishing today announced the release of Judenrein, a new Jewish dystopian thriller by Harold Benjamin. The book uses suspense to convey a stark warning to American Jews, based on rising anti-Semitism. The story envisions the fate of America’s Jews after a white supremacist cabal seizes power in the federal government.

“The Jews have enjoyed a level of freedom and prosperity in the United States that they hadn’t experienced for the previous two thousand years, but there are warnings all over the place that it’s about to end,” said a spokesperson for the publisher. “Judenrein tries to imagine what the destruction of American Jewry might look like—and offers a suspenseful adventure and a compelling, if flawed hero who fights to save the day.”

The word “Judenrein” is German for “free of Jews.” The Nazis used it to describe their dream of liquidating Europe’s Jewish population. The author selected the word as a title because it reflects the clearly stated aims of America’s many large and increasingly influential white nationalist groups.

“Judenrein” is a work of Jewish fiction that tells the story of Zack Gurevitz, a man with a decidedly checkered past: A Yeshiva boy, turned Green Beret, turned junkie, excommunicated by his one-time faith and now the potential saviour of people he doesn’t even like. With white supremacists in power, it is again the Jews who are made out as scapegoats. Stripped of wealth and citizenship, they are made to live in 21st century ghettos that hark back to a sinister and murky past that many had thought would never return.

But things are about to get much worse. With the revealing of a planned terror attack that will place the blame firmly at Jewish feet and condemn millions to death, Zack is contacted by Jewish leaders in Detroit, begging for his help. Reluctantly, he agrees and before long he is mired in a conspiracy that will have far reaching consequences for his country, the Jewish population and even his own sanity. As the clock ticks down, Zack tries to avert a looming disaster and uncover who is behind the mysterious plot.

Pre-publication reviews reveal a highly suspenseful read. One reviewer wrote, “Couldn’t put it down. This was a quick paced thriller with a complicated hero and patriot.” Another said, “Not a superhero but a super solider…Solid writing and good plot with twists enough to keep you turning the pages.” It is the latest in a series of anti-Semitism books being published today.

Intrados Publishing is a boutique publisher that focuses on fiction and non-fiction works that are relevant to the American experience. Harold Benjamin is the pen name of a 50-something Jewish writer in the American Midwest.

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