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About the Author
Theodore Bikel was an admired actor, folk singer, musician, composer, unionist, and political activist. He appeared in numerous Hollywood films and in 1959 co-founded the Newport Folk Festival. A seasoned Broadway actor and singer, Bikel originated the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and starred as Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, a role he performed more often than any other actor to date. He was also known for his roles in My Fair Lady, The Defiant Ones, and was a frequent guest star on many popular television series. Bikel received many awards in his life, including an Academy Award Nomination and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Aimee Ginsburg Bikel is a writer, journalist, public speaker, and community organizer. She served as the senior foreign correspondent in India for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's leading daily, for seventeen years. As the director of the Theodore Bikel Legacy Project, she is active in causes that were close to her and Theo's heart: social justice, peace, and Jewish Folk culture.
Noah Phillips is a Brooklyn-based writer, illustrator, and social worker. His artwork appeared in magazines, newspapers, and a book of children's stories called The Three Chickens and Five Other Stories.
"Ginsburg Bikel and Phillips have risen to an extraordinarily difficult task by foreshadowing the events of the Holocaust without confronting her young readers with its atrocities. . . . Over his long and remarkable career, Theodore Bikel achieved the status of living treasure. Thanks to Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, Theo is still here." --Jonathan Kirsch, The Jewish Journal
"An unusu¬al com¬bi¬na¬tion of mem¬o¬ry, his¬to¬ry, and psy¬cho¬log¬i¬cal query which tran¬scends the divide between books for young read¬ers and those for adults." --Emily Schneider, The Jewish Book Council
"Aimee Ginsburg Bikel's shaping and sharing of her beloved late husband Theo Bikel's tale of what he experienced as a little boy during the rise, and then explosion, of hatred that preceded the Holocaust, is beautiful, painfully powerful, and a great gift. It is particularly meaningful in this time of mushrooming anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry of every sort, worldwide. It is a riveting tale, made all the more meaningful by the shocking rise of anti-Semitism, and all form of bigotry, right here and right now." --Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary
"If in the past I have ever called a book beautiful, I realize after reading City of Light that I may have been too profligate with my praise. This work for children may be the realization of that often-overused word; it is a very moving story, an excellent way to introduce youngsters to the Holocaust." --The Jerusalem Post--Peter Yarrow