Michigan writer's debut novel follows her great-aunt through Nazi Germany

Jun 25, 2015

Barbara Stark-Nemon's debut novel came out in April.
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Anyone with even a passing knowledge of world history knows about the horrors that came out of the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

Some six million of Europe’s Jews – 63% of Europe’s Jewish population at the time – killed in the Holocaust.

Barbara Stark-Nemon’s debut novel, Even in Darkness, is the true story of her great-aunt Klare Kohler and her experiences living through the Holocaust.

Kohler was the only one of her siblings to remain in Germany after the fall of the Nazi regime.

Stark-Nemon worked with deaf and language-disabled children for 30 years in Ann Arbor as a speech and language pathologist before deciding to write her first novel.

Credit Barbara Stark-Nemon

She says that she first considered writing a biography or a memoir, but felt that neither of those would have had the desired effect.

“I’m a reader and a fiction writer, and I love a novel’s ability to transport us,” she says. “I wanted the reader to be in the story. And for those reasons I decided to write it as a novel.”

More about Stark-Nemon and her work can be found on her website.