A Step Back in Time

 

Having read much about WWII-era history, I found a lack in my understanding when it came to the  years immediately following, and in particular, to the rebirth of the nation of Israel. I. F. Stone's accounts, written at the time, and now collected in Underground to Palestine, helpfully filled in some of those blanks. To my delight, the author did not tell his stories in the typical journalist's fashion of providing simple conclusory responses to the questions: Who? What? Where? When? Rather, Stone, in his creative nonfiction style, painted pictures of the personalities he met along his way as he accompanied holocaust survivors voyaging to the Promised Land. As a result, these characters came "alive" for me, complete with their physical characteristics, their unique histories, and their visions for the future.