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Local Author Pens Five-Part Series of Historical Novels

In a riveting five-volume series of historical novels based on trustworthy historical evidence and credible research, The Holocaust Diaries (published by AuthorHouse) produces an enlightening narrative which challenges the conventional wisdom claiming that during World War II President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII were indifferent and did little to save the millions of Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe. In each book, written by Dr. Leo V. Kanawada Jr., a resident of Hicksville, the reader participates intimately as an eyewitness to the events that took place during the horrific days of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution.

In the first book of the series, The Holocaust Diaries: Souls of the Just, President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII plot and collaborate not only with Hitler’s ambassador to the Vatican, but also with the Jewish leadership and community in Rome to save more than 85 percent of the Jewish population in Rome and Italy.

The second book, The Holocaust Diaries: The Righteous and the Just, deals with the rescue of 50,000 to 100,000 Jews in Italian-occupied southern France.

The third work of the series, The Holocaust Diaries: A Homeland for the Just, shows how President Roosevelt strives to establish a homeland for the Jews in Palestine and deals with his anti-Semitic State Department.

Book four, The Holocaust Diaries: Saviors of the Just, portrays how the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews to Poland is halted. Kanawada examines the struggle of power between the dictator of Romania and those opposing his harsh policies. This volume also looks at Roosevelt’s Riot Act, the intervention of Pope Pius XII and the Vatican, and how thousands of Jews are brought back to Romania from Transnistria.

The last book of the series, The Holocaust Diaries: The Innocence of the Just, reveals the horror and events of the Holocaust in Hungary and Slovakia and how approximately 500,000 Jews are saved.

If you are interested in the series or in any one of the books, you can preview them as to summaries, content, and pricing by visiting (select “The Holocaust Diaries” or “Leo V. Kanawada, Jr.”), calling AuthorHouse at 1-888-280-7715, through your bookseller, or

About the Author

Dr. Leo V. Kanawada, Jr. was born in 1941 in Flushing, NY. At Bucknell University, he received his bachelor of science degree in Secondary Education. His master’s of arts degree in American History was awarded by The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. in History by St. John’s University, Queens.

After serving as a decorated captain of Infantry, United States Army, with the Second Infantry Division in 1966 in South Korea and in the Vietnam War in 1967 with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company and as a platoon leader with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, Kanawada returned to his hometown and taught in the Hicksville Public Schools for 30 years. In the Department of History at Hicksville High School, he created and taught a Humanities Honors Program for the Gifted and Talented and was later honored and inducted into the Hicksville Hall of Fame. He was also cited in Who’s Who in New York, in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in the Directory of American Scholars.

His first book, published in 1982, was a scholarly work on the presidency and American foreign policy entitled Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Diplomacy and American Catholics, Italians, and Jews (UMI Research Press/Pro Quest). And later as an elder and president of his church, he published Something Worthwhile: The Life and Times of The Parkway Community Church, 1628-1981 (Exposition Press). The five volumes in The Holocaust Diaries (AuthorHouse) were a labor of love, realized after more than a decade of research, writing, and devotion.

Lee Kanawada lives with his wife, Carol, in Hicksville.