MiDei Pa’am , A tale of two women.

MiDei Pa’ am, Hebrew for  From Time to  Time, spans  the war years in Britain and Europe . An


historical love story where the lives of  Maeve,  red-headed , survivor of World War Two and  Sara ,


Maeve’s doubleganger and  Jewish victim of the holocaust, are inextricably linked by family and


the man they fall in love with.


The front cover portrays a glorious redhead, a renowned pre-Raphaelite painting.


Manny Blumenthal, Jewish, but firstly a sophisticated Berliner, entrepreneur in


the fashion Industry , artist at heart , was a fan.


The painting  portrays  Ophelia before her suicide,  gone mad  by the betrayal  of her lover.


An image that in MiDei Pa’am  personifies Nazi  Germany’s betrayal of the Jewish people; a volte –


face where pre- National Socialists,  Jews were emboldened in  an assimilated Berlin , hedonistic,


tolerant of interracial marriage  but which surrendered to  a Nazi movement  guilty of  heinous


genocide   and near  Judaic annihilation .



In Berlin, Manny falls for the innocent titian-haired  Sara, a student in his father Moshe’s


avant- guard fashion emporium . Moshe, like Manny a womaniser, style guru to


the rich and powerful Berliners, the ‘in ‘ crowd and importantly the Nazi party wives of


the Schutzstaffel (SS).




Kristallnacht in Vienna,  a catastrophe waiting to happen:  the blue touch paper  ignited


by Hershel Grynszpan, Polish  Jew,  haplessly  taking revenge for  his family’s


expulsion from Germany and rejection by his rumoured  homosexual  lover, by assassinating  the


said paramour, the  Under-Secretary to the German Ambassador to France.


Ironically,  given  their  proclaimed distaste for homosexuals, this gave the Nazis their awaited


thinly-veiled excuse  to torch Europe’s Jewish communities in an act of vicious revenge


and resentment.


Sara Beckman , falls foul of the tsunami of hate sweeping Europe in these darkest of days,


culminating in the  betrayal of humanity in the evil concentration camps.


Sara, lost in  the mayhem of Kristallnacht, betrayed by a fellow Jew, victim of Candace’s unrequited


love for Manny, senselessly  sentenced to  incarceration in Dachau on the despicable charge of


simply being Jewish.


Vienna , the most viciously affected city of those that were savaged on that night of broken glass.


Manny  fruitlessly searches for Sara and returns to the Sacher Hotel  where under the glare of


the crystal chandelier his eyes rest on the portrait of a  beautiful


red-head . A portrait that , to this day, hangs in the hotel’s  red room .


Maeve, Manny’s other redhead, a lesser victim, suffers World War Two and a failed love affair,


trapped in a loveless marriage, escapes and  with Manny’s help seamlessly  breaks into a


burgeoning post-war fashion industry in Manchester , Cottonopolis, the busy hive of textile


manufacturers in the North.



The ultimate fate of the two redheads ? You will have to read the book.