Gordon Haber

Writer, editor, mediocre guitarist

Category: Poland

Happy birthday, Polska

My family on both sides came to America from Poland. But American Jews often don’t have a sense of the countries of their forebears. I grew curious about Poland, and after reading a few books I realized that it was (and is) a fascinating place—and that I really wanted to go there. I was lucky […]

Literary Selfie: Summer 2016

  My new short story, His Grandmother’s Memory, is available here as an Amazon Kindle single. I read from my short story Publish and Perish for C-Span. I had a piece about the prosperity gospel in Religion & Politics. I had a piece about the key to understanding Bernie Sanders (hint, he’s an aging Jewish man) […]

His Grandmother Had Nothing to Leave Him. Except Her Memory.

Click to purchase! My new short story, His Grandmother’s Memory, is now available as an Amazon Kindle single. Here’s a teaser: “Listen to this,” the rabbi said.“‘Ibbur is the most positive form of possession, when a righteous soul decides to occupy a living person’s body for a time. The departed soul wishes to complete an […]

This Way to the Gas Chambers, Ladies and Gentlemen (Auschwitz 2003)

An excerpt from my unpublished travelogue about Poland, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. As the bus left the station, my breakfast was trembling in my belly. I hadn’t slept much, maybe four hours. It was going to be a bad day, clouded by fatigue and dyspeptic twinges. Then I […]

Literary Selfie 2014

* Because obviously “What did Gordon publish in 2014?” is the burning question in all your minds: My novellas False Economies and Adjunctivitis are still available as Kindle Singles. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get a free reading app here.) The Parenthetical Review published my story The German Photographer. Zeek published my […]

“The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past.”

  Recently I read that the cathedral in Sandomierz, Poland, has re-unveiled a famous 17th century painting of Jews exsanguinating Christian babies. The news prompted me to take another look at the notes from my own trip to Poland on a Fulbright fellowship and write about it for the Forward. I was shocked by the […]


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