'Jewish Life Does Not Exist in Europe'

Aharon Appelfeld, who admits he was and remains the Jewish boy who survived the war, has just published his 45th book; he is appalled by the young Israelis who are moving to Europe and is still struck by the beauty of life in Israel.

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The protagonists of Aharon Appelfeld’s new novel in Hebrew, “Long Summer Nights” (“Laylot Kayitz Arukim”) – a former soldier, now an old, blind nomad called Grandpa Sergei, and a Jewish boy, named Janek, who...