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New Cover and Title for Nazi’s Granddaughter: Storm in the Land of Rain

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Storm in the Land of Rain

It has been more than a year since The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal has been published. And in less than a week, the paperback version will be released.

New Title, New Cover

Storm in the Land of Rain author photo

The new title is Storm in the Land of Rain: A Mother’s Dying Wish Becomes Her Daughter’s Nightmare.

You can order a copy from Amazon here.

It will be available in Costco, HEB, BJ’s, Target, Fred Meyer, Kroger, and Meijer.

My grandfather had the codename of General Storm when he was trying to lead Lithuania’s partisans in the fight against the Communists in 1946, just before he was betrayed and brought to the KGB prison, where he died a martyr for Lithuania’s freedom.

Lithuania, or Lietuva, means Land of Rain.

 What kind of book is it?

Storm in the Land of Rain is a memoir, a first-hand account, which began as an act of family pride and ended with uncovering the secret a Chicago household, and an entire nation, had kept hidden for more than 80 years. A literary narrative of the Holocaust in Lithuania through the lens of one perpetrator’s family, as well as a journalistic investigation, which includes interviews of nearly 100 witnesses and references to 1,000 documents. A gripping, intimate story of Holocaust distortion from Chicago to Lithuania.

  • How should our family’s past, shameful or noble, shape our identity?
  • How could one man be revered as a hero, having a grammar school named after him, and yet be a villain responsible for the deaths of thousands?
  • Why are some European countries still in denial about their role in the Holocaust?

Storm Book Give Away

In celebration of the book being released in paperback, Regnery History has offered to give away a few free copies. Please send an email to with your name and address in the United States with “Free Book” in the subject line. First come-first served!

Alternatively, you can order a copy of Storm in the Land of Rain from Amazon here.

Travels to Israel

I recently returned from a trip to Israel at the invitation of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel. It was truly exciting to give a presentation at the ZOA Theater House in Tel Aviv.  Here is a video by Les Glassman of the event.

I also had the opportunity to meet with Lithuania’s Ambassador to Israel, and found the discussion to be very hopeful. As a result of this conversation, I now believe that Lithuania is closer to admitting its role in the Holocaust.

Travels to Lithuania

Last February, I appeared at the Vilnius Book Fair for the book launch in Lithuanian called Vėtra Lietaus Šalyje by the publisher Kitos Knygos.  I am thrilled beyond belief that the book has been published in Lithuania. Here is an interview in Lithuanian that appeared in Delfi.

I will be returning to Lithuania for the third time this year at the end of June to present for The Olga Lengyal Institute in Vilnius.

Order a copy

You can order a copy of Storm in the Land of Rain from Amazon here.

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Wishing you truth and peace in the storms of your life,

Silvia Foti

Author of Storm in the Land of Rain: A Mother’s Dying Wish Becomes Her Daughter’s Nightmare, Regnery History, 2022; hardback title The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal

Wall Street Journal My Grandfather’s Crimes Against Humanity

BBC HARDtalk When Truth Trumps Family Loyalty


Chicago Tribune Op-ed: My grandfather’s role in the Nazi occupation is forcing a reckoning

New York Times Opinion No More Lies. My Grandfather Was A Nazi.

New York Times front page  Nazi Collaborator or National Hero? A Test for Lithuania

About the Author
Silvia Foti, MSJ, MAT, MFA, is a journalist, creative writer, teacher, and mother. She is author of the book Storm in the Land of Rain: How a Mother's Dying Wish Becomes Her Daughter's Nighmare. The book is also known as The Nazi's Granddaughter: How I Learned My Grandfather was a War Criminal, Regnery History; Vėtra Lietaus Šalyje, Kitos Knygos; Mi Abuelo: El General Storm ¿Héroe o criminal nazi? Harper Collins Mexico. The book is also being translated into Hungarian, and Polish.
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