Menachem Kaiser


Menachem Kaiser is the author of the memoir Plunder: Family Property and Nazi Treasure. Plunder was named one of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of the Year and a Best Read of 2021 by the Christian Science Monitor. In its rave review, the daily New York Times called the book “a twisting and reverberant and consistently enthralling story.” The Christian Science Monitor hailed it as “a fascinating and thought-provoking read.” As the New York Times Book Review described Plunder, “This is weird, complicated territory — by which I mean it’s fantastic.” Kaiser won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for Plunder.

Kaiser holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Graduate Fellowship from the Wexner Foundation, an organization that fosters Jewish leadership across all disciplines. Kaiser’s work has appeared in TheWall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, New York magazine, and Tablet Magazine. His new book is forthcoming from HarperCollins.

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