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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ada Nicolescu Discusses Her Latest Novel, ‘The Black and the Green’

‘The Black and the Green’, which takes place in Romania during the Second World War, is Nicolescu’s sequel to ‘Prelude to Black and Green’.

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: November 5th, 2013 in Culture » Books » Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ada Nicolescu Discusses Her Latest Novel, ‘The Black and the Green’

“’The Black and the Green’ describes the life of the Jews in Romania during the war and the Holocaust. It illustrates all the sufferings they had to endure,” explains Ada Nicolescu during an online interview discussing her latest book release, a sequel to ‘Prelude in Black and Green.’

In addition to being the author of two incredibly powerful historical novels, Nicolescu is a Manhattan-based psychiatrist and a Masters graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Nicolescu’s education in both medicine and arts, combined with her own personal experience growing up in World War II Romania, beautifully intertwined to give birth to ‘The Black and the Green’.

“The two novels cover different time periods. ‘Prelude to Black and Green’ focuses on the 1930’s, the period before the Holocaust and World War II. ‘The Black and the Green’ concentrates on the war years, from 1940 to 1944. Both periods, particularly the later one, had tremendous impact on the life of the Jews. Out of 700,000 people, 350,000 were murdered by the Romanian Fascists during the war.”

Born in Bucharest, Romania, during the 1930s, Dr. Nicolescu survived the Second World War, as well as Stalin’s communism afterwards. Dr. Nicolescu explains that much of her actual history is depicted through various events within ‘The Black and the Green’ and even describes her novel as being a kind of memoir.

Dr. Ada Nicolescu

“Many events depicted in the ‘The Black and the Green’ actually happened to me and to my family. To quote only a few, my father lost his office and his right to work due to the Racial Laws, his car and my bicycle were taken away, I was thrown out of the Romanian school, we lost our apartment and moved into the attic, only to be thrown out of the attic, we lived through the Bucharest Pogrom and almost got killed by the murderous Iron Guards. To some extent, certain parts of the book can qualify as a “Dramatized Memoir”,” she shares.

Although ‘The Black and the Green’ touches on a disheartening point in history, the Second World War, and the loss associated with it, Dr. Nicolescu explains that she wanted to explore a different side to the Holocaust. Rather than focusing on only the cruelty of the time, she wanted to bring attention to the hope and dignity such a time provided to an oppressed group of people.

“In ‘The Black and the Green,’ I wanted to describe an aspect of the Holocaust which was different, which didn’t “fit” the usual pattern of the Final Solution carried out by the SS. The cruel, but chaotic and arbitrary nature of the genocide implemented by the Romanians allowed the Jewish Underground to save lives and assure a sense of dignity and hope to the stricken community.”

Find out more about Dr. Nicolescu and ‘The Black and The Green’ on page 2!

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