New Book by Yehuda Avner Coming September 2015
The Ambassador, a new novel by the late Yehuda Avner, will be published in September 2015. The Ambassador, an alternate history of Israel and Nazi Germany, is a collaboration between Ambassador Avner and award-winning crime writer, Matt Rees. Together, they completed the book in February 2015, one month before Ambassador Avner passed away at the age of 86.
Yehuda Avner conceived The Ambassador nearly a decade ago, while attending a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at which Israeli Prime Minister, Simon Peres, regretfully said that Israel “had been ten years too late.” Ambassador Avner considered the statement, and formulated a question that would become the basis of the book: “What if Israel had been established in 1938 instead of 1948?”
The Ambassador spins a suspenseful plot and introduces historical and fictional characters drawn from Yehuda Avner’s experiences working in the inner circles of international diplomacy. The novel opens in 1938, when the British Cabinet accepts the Peel Commission recommendation to establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. Dan Lavi, a young diplomat sent by Israel’s Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, to serve as Israel’s first ambassador to Berlin, attempts to secure exit visas for as many Jews as possible. Entangled in the atrocities and terror of the Third Reich, Ambassador Lavi struggles to negotiate with Adolf Eichmann, to weigh the risks to his family against loyalty to his country, and to stop the Final Solution.