Michelangelo in Ravensbrück: One Woman’s War Against the Nazis. By Countess Karolina Lanckorońska. Da Capo. $26.
Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life & Times of Doc Pomus. By Alex Halberstadt. Da Capo. $26.
The unending parade of books about World War II occasionally produces an account so unusual that it is worth highlighting – and that is Michelangelo in Ravensbrück. The juxtaposition of the name of one of history’s most creative souls with that of one of the Nazis’ most notorious death camps is startling enough. The story of Countess Karolina Lanckorońska is more startling still. This is a woman who lived in three centuries – born in 1898, she died as recently as 2002 – and who survived the depredations of her homeland,