Born in 1928, Rhoda Kaellis gathered the experiences of 15 Holocaust survivors for the fictional story of 12-year-old Sarah Carozo, the only child of a Jewish family in post-World War II New York City, and Lilly, her Belgian cousin who comes to live with her after her parents have died in a concentration in The Last Enemy (Arsenal Pulp, 1989). The book arose after Rabbi Victor Reinstein of the congregation Temple Emanu-El in Victoria suggested recording recollections of the Holocaust in 1987. Kaellis located 15 surivivors and recorded their histories over a period of nine months. Kaellis and her husband Eugene Kaellis co-wrote a seniors' advice column called Primetime and co-authored Satisfy: A Relationship Manual.

[BCBW 2004] "Fiction" "Jewish"