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JAZZIZ focuses on the “remarkable autobiography” of music legend Coco Schumann

A feature in JAZZIZ Magazine on celebrated jazz musician Coco Schumann, entitled “Playing Music in Hell,” focuses on his experiences in concentration camps during WWII in a nine-page spread replete with photographs from throughout Coco’s life and excerpts from his memoir The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers. “For posterity, [Schumann] left behind a lifetime of music … Continue reading

Coco Schumann and “Guitarists Who Overcame Great Adversity”

In this video featured on the culture blog Laughing Squid, Coco Schumann is the second guitarist discussed by musician Steve Onotera in his list of guitarists who found musical success despite facing great adversity. You can watch the full episode here and learn more about Coco Schumann’s life and autobiography on our book page.    

“Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life” featured in the journal Manuscripts

Manuscripts, the quarterly journal of The Manuscript Society, writes that this book “fascinates as a case study of a man driven by a lifelong compulsion, a psychological need, to combat oppression…a moving portrait of a compelling figure in a field rarely occupied by noble persons struggling to combat evil and right wrongs.” Continue reading

“Operation Yellow Star/Black Thursday” in H-France Review

An interesting view into the field of investigative journalism as we follow the author’s steps to find more information at the Archives de la Préfecture de Police de Paris [which] exposes the reluctance of the French police to come to terms with its own past. Continue reading

Conductor and music educator Murry Sidlin endorses “The Ghetto Swinger”

This compelling personal and insightful tale of survival brings to light another brilliant and selfless Terezín artist. It is storytelling from the inside by a music-maker who rediscovered the humanizing power of jazz and swing at a time when it was needed most. Continue reading

“The Ghetto Swinger” included in Lives in Music list

Unusually interesting amidst the plethora of self-serving musician autobiographies. Schumann has a better story to tell ​… survival under the hardest conditions, the value of well-placed friends and the vagaries of fortune as well as the impulse to create. Continue reading

Tributes to the extraordinary musician Coco Schumann

Our DoppelHouse Press family is heartened to see so many touching tributes being paid to Coco Schumann. Smithsonian published a feature on Coco’s extraordinary success under horrific circumstances, noting that he “began his career during a fraught time for German jazz musicians.” Having survived the Nazi concentration camps because of his music, “Schumann returned to … Continue reading

Celebrating the remarkable life of Coco Schumann

Coco Schumann was born in Berlin on May 14, 1924. Throughout his life, he appeared in some of the best swing bands in Europe and alongside jazz notables … Continue reading

“Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life” on INC.’s List of Books to Read in 2018

“These books will help you understand others–and yourself–to improve your relationships and peace of mind throughout all of 2018.” The full list can be viewed at: https://www.inc.com/mareo-mccracken/12-great-books-you-should-definitely-read-in-2018.html

Association of Jewish Libraries reviews “Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life”

“Ably translated, the prose carries the tension of a spy novel. […] Sights and smells of laboratories are vividly rendered, along with the nuances of photoengraving and careful interactions with strangers and colleagues. […] This is a fascinating tribute to a humanitarian and a glimpse at the nuts and bolts of covert operations.” – Hallie … Continue reading

Editor’s Choice: “Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life” by the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research

Eugenia P. Treadwell writes: “This riveting story captures the reader’s imagination, bringing us back in time to Europe, Africa, and South America, including Nazi Germany, and the Algerian War of Independence. These harrowing moments of history are recreated through interviews with Mr. Kaminsky himself, offering rare insight from a forger’s perspective and how one person … Continue reading

Interview by KPFA’s Mitch Jeserich about The Vél d’Hiv Raid

July 16 and 17 marked the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup. Levi Laub, activist and translator of our upcoming title, The Vél d’Hiv Raid by Maurice Rajsfus, was interviewed on Monday, July 17 by KPFA host Mitch Jeserich on Letters & Politics. Listen, download, or open the interview from iTunes at: https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-july-17-2017.

Doppelhouse Congratulates Fellow Nominees for 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards

Last week we were pleased to announce that The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers, by Coco Schumann (with Max Christian Graeff and Michaela Haas; Translated by John Howard; Afterword by Michael H. Kater) was named one of five finalists for the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence. Today we would like … Continue reading

Foreword Reviews Praises Upcoming Book by Maurice Rajsfus

Foreword Reviews July/August 2017 Review by Susan Waggoner “Adept reporting and personal experience make for a gripping read… While each book is strong enough to stand on its own, Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday together make an unusual, important, credibly researched, and skillfully written contribution to Holocaust literature.” Visit the book page to learn … Continue reading

Operation Yellow Star / Black Thursday reviewed by New York Journal of Books

Lew Whittington writes, “Newly translated English editions of Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday: The Round-up of July 16, 1942 have just been released in a single volume to mark the 75th anniversary year of the purge of Jews in France during WWII.” “Through his sobering, exhaustive research Rajsfus chronicles the arrests, harassment, and deportations … Continue reading

Maurice Rajsfus’ Operation Yellow Star / Black Thursday reviewed by Kirkus Reviews

“An unsparing indictment of Paris police during the Nazi occupation. […] The author’s memory of July 16 is harrowing. […] Besides commemorating his family’s murder, Rajsfus raises awareness about how “the enemies of human rights are once more gaining ground,” spouting xenophobia that is easily transferable to any minority group. A heartfelt, timely plea to … Continue reading

The Ghetto Swinger reviewed by Los Angeles Jazz Scene

Scott Yanow, American jazz reviewer and editor of the L.A. Jazz Scene considers The Ghetto Swinger in his recent review: Coco Schumann tell[s] his story honestly, colorfully and with occasional humor. It is a fascinating story that is well worth discovering.​ Continue reading

Kirkus Reviews praises Erich Hackl’s Three Tearless Histories

Kirkus Reviews praises Erich Hackl’s Three Tearless Histories: “Hackl is like an investigating detective pursuing a case where all the principals are long dead and the few who remain may be reluctant to talk.” Continue reading

“Book Bit” with Doc Kirby on The Ghetto Swinger by Coco Schumann

His story is inspiring and profound, yet told with a youthful whimsy. Coco Schumann is the very best jazz guitarist you need to know. Listen to this broadcast again on October 15, 2016! Continue reading

Israel National News reviews The Ghetto Swinger

Look for this unusual book. Continue reading

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