From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his familyâ€™s apartment building in Polandâ€”and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows
Menachem Kaiserâ€™s brilliantly told story, woven from improbable events and profound revelations, is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfatherâ€™s former battle to reclaim the familyâ€™s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, and with a Polish lawyer known as â€śThe Killer.â€ť A surprise discoveryâ€”that his grandfatherâ€™s cousin not only survived the war, but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complexâ€”leads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure seekers who revere the memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder. Propelled by rich original research, Kaiser immerses readers in profound questions that reach far beyond his personal quest. What does it mean to seize your own legacy? Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living? Plunder is both a deeply immersive adventure story and an irreverent, daring interrogation of inheritanceâ€”material, spiritual, familial, and emotional.