Silvia Foti
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In search of the truth about her "heroic" grandfather in WWII Lithuania

Silvia Foti

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Welcome! Silvia is a high school English teacher in Chicago​,​ and a former journalist.

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The Nazi’s Granddaughter is an introspective and sensitive account of Silvia Foti’s search for the truth about her “heroic” grandfather, who had been incarcerated by the Nazis in 1943 as a Lithuanian nationalist and executed by the Soviet regime as an anti-communist resister in 1947. Despite systematic prevarication by Lithuanian officials, friends, and family, she gradually assembles the contrasting portrait of a man who was also an anti-Semitic pamphleteer in the 1930s and a Nazi collaborator and Jew-killer in 1941. — Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor of History Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In The Nazi’s Granddaughter, author Silvia Foti unravels her family’s darkest secrets. In many ways this journalist’s tale of intrigue, deception, and revelation reads more like a suspense novel than a Second World War documentary of her grandfather, Jonas Noreika and his Nazi exploits directed against Lithuania’s Jewish community. This detailed accounting of life in Eastern Europe, as Nazi and Soviet operatives seek to take advantage of nationalistic aspirations, anti-Semitic beliefs and personal ambition, brings to light how “villains” can be turned into heroes, even victims. - Dr. Steven Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Center of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The Nazi’s Granddaughter is a remarkable true story about family and loyalty. Ms. Foti’s exceptional courage in confronting a dark truth in the face of familial and nationalistic pressure is especially relevant in these turbulent times. - -Dave Davis, former senior film executive at 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures In this meticulously researched and powerfully-written book Silvia Foti unveils her search for the truth about her Lithuanian hero grandfather, General Jonas Noreika. What she discovers in the course of this coruscating personal journey are two profound evils. The first is that her iconic grandfather was a mass-murderer. The second, even worse, is that the Lithuanian Government, a member state of the EU and NATO, is deliberately whitewashing his crimes as part of their ongoing campaign of virulent Holocaust denial. Does the holocaust matter any more? This book is essential reading for anyone who believes that it does. Movingly, the book is dedicated to Lithuania, and rightly so. – Michael Kretzmer, Producer / Director of the documentary movie: The Lost Names of Birz. The Nazi's Granddaughter is a magnificent piece of investigative journalism. It reads as a fast-paced novel. I could not put this down. --Steve Linde: Former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and currently serves as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report. A mesmerizing account of personal culpability told with brutal honesty, raw emotion, and meticulous recall. Foti's keen insight and elegant writing have the power to change the way we view family secrets and historic revisionism. Marylin E. Kingston Ph.D, former Vice President International Network of Adult Children of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Former Co President Second Generation Los Angeles Not of Lithuanian descent, a child in the Canadian bush during WWII, I was nonetheless fascinated by Silvia Foti's exhaustively researched journey to get to the bottom of a family - indeed, a Lithuanian - fairy tale with her beloved grandfather, known as General Storm, at its centre. This testimony, gathered at much personal cost to herself, is hugely instructive of how the weight of unacknowledged history grows heavier over the years, not lighter, and cannot be lightened or lifted until the truth has been revealed and proclaimed. Her tenacity as shown in her book is beyond admirable. It is also suspenseful, filled with insight, and eminently readable. -- Sharon Butala, author of twenty books, including Season of Fury and Wonder (Freehand Books, 2020: Coteau Books, 2019), shortlisted for the Rogers' Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and won the City of Calgary/W.O. Mitchell Literary Award; Where I Live Now (Simon and Schuster, Canada, 2017), shortlisted for the Governor General's Award; Officer of the Order of Canada with three Honorary Doctorates.

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