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Linda Frank


Travels from San Francisco, California

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Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History


Author Linda Frank’s lifelong interest in 20th century world and Jewish history give her novels, After the Auction and The Lost Torah of Shanghai, well-researched foundations to fictional plots. Her protagonist, Lily Kovner, is a retired journalist who scoffs at the nickname, “Jewish Miss Marple,” as she pursues missing Jewish ritual items, including her family’s Seder plate stolen by the Nazis and a Torah that came to China on a circuitous route from Iraq. Linda’s third novel, set in eastern Europe, will be based on a family story.

A University of Michigan graduate, Linda earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism. She has published business and travel articles in publications including The Asian Wall Street Journal and The Forward and has produced and hosted a cable TV show.  

Linda retired from a business career in financial services and marketing but maintains an active volunteer life in addition to her writing.  She proudly upholds her family’s legacy of support for Israel and Jewish social and educational organizations, including Jewish National Fund, which had honored her mother and her father-in-law, and she serves on the JNF San Francisco board. Linda first visited Israel with her family at age 14; their guide’s car got stuck in sand at Timna, then still a working mine and now the flowering JNF development funded by fellow Milwaukeeans. Jewish volunteer roles have included local and national board positions with NCJW and Jewish Community Relations Councils. As a board member of the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Regional Office, she chaired "Jews in Modern China," a 2010 exhibit at the Presidio. Linda founded the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program in Milwaukee and serves as board chair of HIPPY USA, its US umbrella organization. HIPPY is a school-readiness and parent engagement model for at-risk children and families started over 45 years ago in Israel, where it still operates, as it does in 23 US states and DC, and eight other countries.

Linda and her husband live in San Francisco and have two adult sons.


A Century of Jewish Life in China

The Dumpling-Kreplach Syndrome: Tales of A Jewish Popo (Chinese term for Mother-in-law) 

Material Justice: Nazi art looting and recovery

Judaica Looting--it wasn't all Renoir and Rembrandt

Smuggling and Struggling Toward a Jewish State

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