Marc Estrin, co-founder and first coordinator of the Burlington Peace and Justice Center, has been engaged lately in thinking about some of the most recent manifestations of anti-Semitism: often from ultra-right Jews who target centrist rabbis and anyone who criticizes Israel. His musings led him to bring to the studio his 2005 book The Education of Arnold Hitler. He reads from the book and even shares his original, darker ending for this story about history, identity and anti-Semitism.
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Read an excerpt from The Education of Arnold Hitler.
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Marc Estrin is a writer and activist, living in Burlington. His novels, Insect Dreams, The Half Life of Gregor Samsa, The Education of Arnold Hitler, Golem Song, and The Lamentations of Julius Marantz have won critical acclaim. Insect Dreams was recently published in German by Parthas Verlag, Berlin. His memoir, Rehearsing With Gods: Photographs and Essays on the Bread & Puppet Theater (with Ron Simon, photographer) won a 2004 theater book of the year award. Two novels, The Annotated Nose, and Skulk appeared in November 2008, and The Good Doctor Guillotin in September 2009. His Tsim-Tsum is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Books. He is currently working on a novel about the dead Tchaikovsky. He helped found and was the first coordinator of the Burlington Peace and Justice Center, working on anti-war campaigns, and most recently has stood for more than eight years in all weather with a Monday-through-Friday peace vigil in Burlington.