Middle Chamber Books Podcast #31: Michael Kesler, author of Holocaust memoir, “Shards of War”

Michael G. Kesler, Ph.D.
Michael G. Kesler, Ph.D.

In this episode of the Middle Chamber Books and Music Podcast, we speak with Michael Kesler, Ph.D., author of Shards of War: Fleeing To & From Uzbekistan, his memoir of the harrowing experience he and his sister Luba encountered as Jewish teenagers fleeing the Ukraine ahead of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. After the war, they returned to their hometown of Dubno and found all 8,000 Jews, including their parents and relatives, in mass graves, and their home taken over by Ukrainians.

Blinded by glaucoma in 2006, Michael edited and published his late wife Regina’s memoir, GRIT: A Pediatrician’s Odyssey From a Soviet Camp to Harvard, and is currently at work on a novel about a family’s struggle with cancer.


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