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Date 2012-03-02 19:10:03
Message I hardly think that it is the poevryurs of multiculturalism who are guilty of airbrishing history. Indeed, a central objection to multiculturalists is that they bang on about the evils of colonialism ad nauseum. Either way, choosing not to sell or buy a book, or choosing to remove a book from your own shelf, is not the same as a government censoring/banning/changing a book.

Name Ron Yanai
Date 2013-08-03 11:02:11
Message My father Yakov "Yaka" Yanai was a friend of Emanuel's and has worked with him since the mid 60's on issues concerning Russian Jewry. The book "Face of Terror" is dedicated to him.

Emanuel visited us whenever he was in Israel and I remember his wisdom his kindness and humor very well. I last saw him in 1987 in his office in London. I was staying at the time with Nan and Lewis Griefer.

My father passed away in 1988. He always considered Emanuel a close and dear comrade and friend.

I was sad to hear about Emanuel's passing and will always remember him and his words of advice to me with great respect and fondness.

My sincere condolences,

Ron Yanai.

Name Claire Reed
Date 2011-09-26 15:31:11
Message Such sad news. It was impossible to read Emanuel´s work without wanting to meet him in person. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,

Name Keiron Pim
Date 2011-09-26 05:05:11
Message Aaron and Mary, my thoughts are with you. Meeting Emanuel last year was such a privilege, an experience that I often think back on. I am so very sorry to hear this but as you say he was, and will remain, an inspiration to many people. I wish you long life.

Name anthony rudolf
Date 2011-09-26 06:40:42
Message Rest in peace, Manny. I had the privilege of knowing you for more than forty years, publishing you and interviewing you and, through you, maintaining contacts with my ancestral roots in the East End, about which you wrote the best book of all.

Name Russell Scott Day
Date 2011-09-26 07:08:28
Message Mr. Litvinoff will be for as long as writers compete to do great living work, among the greatest ever to work at the craft of writing. Last week I received in the mail Blood on the Snow, The Face of Terror, and A Death out of Season to replace my copies lent long ago to a friend. They go next to the USA Trilogy by Dos Passos, and Jones WWII Trilogy.
I bow to him with real love and respect.
Russell Scott Day

Name David Walker
Date 2011-09-26 08:10:05
Message A great writer, who indeed lived an amazing life. His party at the Nelson Street synagogue in 2008 to mark the republication of probably his finest work, Journey Through A Small Planet, was an event to be treasured.

Name Ian Patterson
Date 2011-09-26 08:59:58
Message Sad news of EL's death, but an occasion to salute an admirable man and a fine writer who deserves, and I hope will find, a more extended readership.

Name Mrs Gail Davis
Date 2011-09-26 15:24:22
Message Emmanuel was a wonderful Uncle. I enjoyed listening to his story telling. He was a wonderful, inspirational writer. I will always enjoy reading his books.

The book launch afternoon in 2008 was a unique occasion. I was very fortunate to be there.

I hope that people will continue to read his books.

Name jack Shamash
Date 2011-09-26 17:52:27
Message Terribly sorry to hear about his death. I would regard myself as a minor fan. I don't think I ever met him, but I did phone him up once to discuss some of his Jewish works.I rather enjoyed 'The Lost Europeans' and the collections of short stories that he edited.

Name Richard Fabb
Date 2011-09-26 20:32:36
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.

Name Elaine Feinstein
Date 2011-09-27 04:33:19
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.

Name Colin Shindler
Date 2011-09-27 05:16:06
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.

Name Jenn MW
Date 2011-09-27 07:27:45
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,

Jenn MW

Name Toby Lichtig
Date 2011-09-27 09:34:16
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.

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