While struggling to survive a freezing rainy night in the desert, a homeless man recalls his grandfather Hermann and what he struggled to survive many years earlier.
Hermann was once the best police detective in Prague’s Jewish district of Josefov. But after the Nazis occupy the city and deport its Jews, he finds himself in Theresienstadt concentration camp waiting his turn to die. Then, one night he receives a visit from an SS captain named Klaus, who had been his friend in college before their falling-out over Hermann’s future wife Ana. Klaus offers Hermann his freedom if he can catch who murdered three SS officers found near synagogues in Josefov, and he threatens to shoot him if he refuses.
Not believing the offer and reeling from the recent killing of Ana, Hermann only agrees to help because of a promise he made to Ana. But as he delves into the case, he feels that it’s leading him somewhere and becomes driven to solve it. The two men, in spite of tensions that are always threatening to boil over, uncover the pursuit of a mysterious treasure hidden beneath the synagogues, which leads them toward both the killer and Hermann’s fate.
The first in a planned series of spoken-word novels, Last Jew in Prague is about lifting yourself from the bottom when all you want to do is keep falling. But it’s more than just a novel.
I graduated from George Washington University and was once a successful urban professional. I also worked in Prague for nearly 5 years, where I became immersed in the history, culture, and language of the people there. In recent years, though, I’ve struggled with homelessness in California's Coachella Valley. This story helped inspire me forward, and I hope you find it just as inspiring.