May 18, 2021

The time-slip historical fiction book The Amber Crane about Peter, a 17th century amber guild apprentice, was inspired by three central themes. Since my childhood I have loved amber, a gemstone full of mystery and power. Amber is inextricably linked to the history of Pomerania, having occupied center stage in trade and politics over centuries….

June 27, 2020

  Throughout history, Ukraine has been at the crossroads of various powers including Polish-Lithuania, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Russia. This has been particularly and painfully apparent during the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1930s, Ukrainian suffered through the Holodomor, a devastating man-made famine created by the Soviets, and resulting in the deaths of…

May 12, 2020

It gives me great pleasure to post my review of this compelling biographical account of an extraordinary individual who has lived through extraordinary times. This brilliantly executed narrative, based on a true story, is both a story of the old world and the new world. The novel focuses on Adam Baumann, an ethnic German born…

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