Adam and I: A Story

In Kristol’s only published work of fiction, a guilt-ridden GI confronts an aggressive young Holocaust survivor.

September 30, 2014 | Irving Kristol
About the author: Irving Kristol (January 22, 1920 – September 18, 2009) was an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the “godfather of neo-conservatism.” As the founder, editor, and contributor to various magazines, he played an influential role in the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century; after his death he was described by The Daily Telegraph as being “perhaps the most consequential public intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century.”

A boy at the Neu Freimann displaced persons camp outside Munich. Courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

This week in Mosaic we are celebrating the release of our new ebook On Jews and Judaism, a collection of Irving Kristol’s essential writings on the Jews. As his wife, the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, recounts in her introduction, “Adam and I,” originally published in the November 1946 issue of Commentary, was Kristol’s “only published story. (He later wrote, and scrapped, a novel, deciding that fiction was not his forte.) It is also his first literary venture with an explicitly Jewish theme.”

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