Homeless children in Bucharest find themselves united in
a forsaken Fortress when facing the Nazi threat. The orphans
only barely survive famine, illness and the Nazi’s
goal to obliterate them.
Jonathan Hillinger is an up and coming Israeli author who
has won several literary awards.
"A very beautiful story that tells of the fortitude within us that gives us hope even when the entire world around us is devastated." - Hagar Yanai, Galatz Radio station
"It took me about two days to finish this book, which attests to its quality and excellent readability. Even now, I still do not know if the story is true or not!
The description of the journey that each of them went through, and all of them together, before, during, and after the war is written in a fascinating and authentic way that it made me regret putting it down after I finished.
The fact that the story is told from the perspective of children makes the book a Holocaust story suitable even for young people. A lovely book!" - Yaarit Trabelsi, Salona website
"For a long time, I have been interested in erotic novels, but I recently had the privilege of entering "The Fortress". This remarkable book begins in Romania in the years preceding World War II and the Holocaust. It tells the wonderful story of abandoned street children: Duma, Nelu, Ionel and others. This book will move you to tears, it is an exciting book. For those of us who have survived to commemorate the lives of those who did not ...I strongly recommend reading "The Fortress." The lost generation deserves no less." - Anat Cohen-Shemesh, book critic
"The book is very reminiscent of Enid Blyton's and Alfred Hitchcock's children's and teenage books. During the reading, I felt myself walking through the tunnels in the Fortress after them, imagining those caves as a living, breathing partner.
Strongly recommended." - Sivan Shemesh, Nurita website
Jonathan Hillinger finished his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Biochemistry, while living in Cordoba, Argentina.
Jonathan's parents - David and Simona Hillinger, were both born in Romania to families that lived through and survived the horrors of the WWII. His grandfather - his mother's father, served as an officer in the Romanian army. On his father's side, most of the family was killed at Auschwitz and only his grandfather and great grandfather, made it through alive.
The inspiration for this book came to Hillinger from a street child he encountered in Argentina and many of the descriptions of the city at the time of the war, are based on his mother's childhood memories.
Jonathan Hillinger's articles have been published in two of the major newspapers in Israel and three of his short stories won writing competitions (Best short story Ramat Gan writing Competition, 2016 and best short thriller in 2017 by the Yekum Tarbut organization). He is also known for writing historical novels in the magical realism genre.