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Jews in the Garden will be available July 11, 2023
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Part memoir, part detective story, part family history, this is the account of one family's quest for answers; a timely investigation of Poland's attempts to obscure its entanglement in the Holocaust, and a poignant portrait of those who nevertheless remember...


Judy and cousin Sam on an early trip to Poland after the fall of communism. They talked to people in Sam's hometown old enough to witness wartime events. 

On a recent trip to Florida, Sam translates documents in Polish that Judy obtained, shedding light on relatives' fate. 



“Jews in the Garden reads like the best of narrator-guided murder-mysteries. But in this case the who-done-it is real, chilling, and makes clear why today's Polish government is so determined to keep its bloody Holocaust-era secrets.”


New York Times Bestselling Author

About the Author

Judy Rakowsky is a career journalist who grew up knowing little about her family’s Holocaust story. As a young reporter she got to know Cousin Sam, a survivor of the Krakow ghetto and four Nazi concentration camps after his first visit to his hometown in Poland since the war.


After spending decades covering crime and legal affairs for newspapers, including The Boston Globe and The Providence Journal one very personal story riveted her: the fate of relatives in Poland.  Again and again she traveled to Poland with Sam. In interviews in barnyards and around kitchen tables in the Polish countryside and in official documents they learned the truth of what happened to relatives in hiding, one that was outlawed in 2018 by the Polish government.

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