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NameToby Lichtig
Date27-09-11
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MessageVery 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.


NameJenn MW
Date27-09-11
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MessageMy 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


NameColin Shindler
Date27-09-11
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MessageI 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.


NameElaine Feinstein
Date27-09-11
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MessageEmanuel 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.


NameRichard Fabb
Date27-09-11
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MessageVery 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.


Namejack Shamash
Date26-09-11
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MessageTerribly 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.


NameClaire Reed
Date26-09-11
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MessageSuch sad news. It was impossible to read Emanuel´s work without wanting to meet him in person. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,



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NameIan Patterson
Date26-09-11
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MessageSad 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.


NameDavid Walker
Date26-09-11
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MessageA 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.


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