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It is 1946, and the full horrors of the previous six years are slowly coming to light.
But in Jerusalem, Elias Lind can't accept that his brother Raphael really did die in a concentration camp. He has evidence that the scientist is still alive but, unable to search for him himself, he persuades a young member of the Jewish resistance to help.
Lilya's search for Raphael takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the heart of political London, from US-controlled Munich to an overcrowded and underfunded displaced persons camp, before leading her to the devastated shell of Berlin itself. But before long Lilya realises that she isn't the only one searching for the missing scientist; a mysterious pursuer is hot on her heels, and it soon becomes clear that Raphael's life isn't the only one in question . . .
Displaced is a deeply intelligent thriller about how the actions of a few can change the course of history. It is about the making of a new world from the ashes of the old, and decisions taken whose consequences are still with us today.
German author Abarbanell's ambitious if flawed first novel, a tale of intrigue, centers on post-WWII Palestine. In 1946, Lilya Tova Wasserfall, a member of an elite unit of the Palmach, the underground army devoted to establishing an independent Jewish state, receives an unusual assignment from her commander regarding the brother of an old friend of his. Elias Lind, a famous author who fought for his native Germany during WWI and later emigrated to Palestine, believes that his brother, Raphael, a Berlin academic, survived the war, but two British Mandate representatives recently informed him that the Nazis murdered Raphael. Lilya is directed to travel to Germany, where, posing as a member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, she searches for Raphael at one of the large displaced persons camps in Germany set up by the U.S. Army. She is also to look for information that can be used against the British occupiers and further the Zionist cause. Abarbanell does a good job dramatizing the history of the period, but the situations and characters will strike many readers as too familiar.