|Message||Dear Mr. Litvinoff,|
Thank you for your courage and your life's work. May best wishes follow you wherever you go next.
|Message||It was an absolute privilege to meet and get to know Emanuel. |
He was the most gentle of men, atractive,charming,warm and unassuming.
I particularly loved his voice and will really miss it.
I loved the imagery in his poems "For Julian " and "For Veda".
His poetry has not been given the recognition it deserves.It is up there with all the greats -Keats,Shakespeare,Hardy,Wordsworth and T S Eliot, His poetry, I think, and his other works should at least be on every school curriculum.
I look forward to that.
|Message||I am very sad to hear of your father’s passing. He was an extraordinary artist, a passionate & brilliant fighter for what he believed in,|
a sweet man to meet and to know, a fine friend, an influential critic. He made a difference to the world, we are so much the poorer for his passing. I share in your sense of loss. I just feel lucky that I met him & was able to read his books & taste the rich flavour of the dear man. I wish you & all your family a long & fruitful life. love,
|Message||HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST UNSUNG HEROS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF RUSSIAN JEWS OWE HIM THEIR FREEDOM. FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS HE CARRIED ON THE STRUGGLE FOR SOVIET JEWS WHEN VERY FEW BELIEVED IN THIS CAUSE. I AM PROUD OF HAVING BEEN HIS FRIEND. TO YOU AND YOUR MOTHER I EXPRESS MY HEARTFELT FEELINGS OF SYMPATHY. I FOR ONE SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS A GREAT FRIEND AND A DEVOTED SON OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHO WON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AN EVIL EMPIRE|
AMBASSADOR MEIR ROSENNE
Private Message added 28-09-11
|Message||Very sorry to hear the news. I only recently came across Journey Through a Small Planet - a wonderful book, which encouraged me to find out more about his work. An inspiration. Condolences to his friends and family.|
|Message||My thoughts are with Mr Litvinoff's family. This is very sad news but I am glad that his passing was a peaceful one. |
I never had the honour to meet Mr Litvinoff but have read several of his books and was always glad to see his occasional postings on Facebook.
He made the east end of London from decades past and the experience of WWII come alive in his books, which in itself is a priceless legacy and a great service to those who are too young to have experienced either.
May his legacy as an author and human rights campaigner continue to educate, and inspire people to make this world a better place.
With deepest respect and appreciation,
|Message||I worked with Emmanuel in the 1970s on Soviet Jewry. This was a subject to which he was very committed. Indeed he was perhaps the first outside of Israel to understand the problem during the 1950s - and did something about it. This was well before any protests and any demonstrations. He edited 'Jews in Eastern Europe' in the 1960s when others were blinded by post-Stalinism and ignored basic questions of human rights. |
Although I haven't seen him for well over 30 years, his efforts contributed to the emigration of over a million Jews from the former Soviet Union to Israel during the 1990s. He laid down the path which many of us followed. He was a courageous if unconventional fighter for the Jews and a man of principle whose example I personally will not forget.
|Message||Emanuel was a witty intelligence, a fine poet and a great friend. I first met him 40 years ago and have always loved his courage, his independence his novels of 20th Century Europe, and of course his journey through the small planet he made so vivid for all of us. When I last saw him, already in his nineties, he still looked very much himself. He was an elegant man. He will be greatly missed.|
|Message||Very sorry to hear this news. I read The Lost Europeans earlier this year and greatly enjoyed it. As someone who has lived in Berlin in recent times I was fascinated to see this period in the city's history (otherwise largely ignored) captured so vividly. And it felt so ahead of its time in tone and content. I look forward to reading more of Emanuel's work - a wonderful man.|
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