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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Displaced, Replaced, Forgotten by David Nammar is “a true story of a Jerusalemite and the Yusef family.” A story with powerful historical, cultural, and social references. Set against the turbulent period of the Zionist occupation of Palestine and through the rough history of Israel, this lyrical tale of one man’s journey towards his dreams will open the reader’s eyes to the cultural, political, and historical reality characteristic of growing up a non-Jew in a Jewish society. The author records memories that go way back to the Jewish paramilitary invasion of the vicinity of today’s Arab Jerusalem, and how his family suffered the repression and the injustices of the invasion, including the separation from his father and a brother who were dragged into concentration camps. From then on, the author chronicles the family’s plight and his escape to search for a better life in the USA.
David Nammar’s memoir is a story that will take many readers by surprise, a glorious testament of a man’s journey to overcome the odds and the challenges imposed by an unjust society. It is a story of determination, of faith, and the sheer will to create one’s destiny. Written in excellent prose and in a lyrical style, Displaced, Replaced, Forgotten is a book that will entertain readers and compel them to look at history from a completely different perspective, as lived by someone from a suffering minority. The book is peppered with compelling reflections on the social and political issues that have plagued Israel for a very long time. I found it really fascinating and entertaining.