- Erika Holzer
Erika Holzer is an American
novelistand essayist [cite web | url=http://www.aynrandstudies.com/jars/v6_n1/6_1bio.asp#eh | title="Biographies: 2004: Erika Holzer" | accessdate=2008-01-31] who was a member of Ayn Rand's inner circle. Her novel " Eye for an Eye" was the basis for a major motion picture of the same name. She has also co-authored two nonfiction books with her husband, Henry Mark Holzer.
Erika and her husband "Hank," both lawyers, were students of
Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivismin New York Cityduring the 1960s. In 1966 Erika and Rand, who was a best-selling novelist, began [cite web | url=http://www.objectivistcenter.org/cth-23-1732-GoodFuture.aspx | title="Good Future:" How Ayn Rand Contributed To Mine" | author=Erika Holzer | accessdate=2008-01-31] what would become a series of discussions about the art of writing. [cite book | author=Erika Holzer | title=Ayn Rand: My Fiction-writing Teacher | publisher=Madison Press | year=2005 ] Henry Mark Holzer became Rand's personal attorney. [cite web | url=http://sanseverything.wordpress.com/2007/10/24/from-ayn-rand-to-animal-rights-an-interview-with-henry-mark-holzer-2 | title="From Ayn Rand to Animal Rights: An Interview with Henry Mark Holzer" | accessdate=2008-02-01 ]
In the late 1960s, the Holzers managed to track down an original negative, thought to have been destroyed, of a 1942 Italian two-part film which had been adapted from Ayn Rand's first novel "
We the Living". Erika helped Duncan Scott restore the film, edit it under Rand's guidance, and write English subtitles for the 1986 re-release of the film. [cite web | url=http://deseretnews.com/movies/view/1,1257,1981,00.html | title="Movie review: We the Living" | author=Chris Hicks | publisher= Deseret Morning News | accessdate=2008-01-31]
Encouraged by Rand, Erika embarked upon a new career as a writer; her first novel, "Double Crossing", received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the 1984 Prometheus Award for Best Novel. [cite web | url=http://www.awardannals.com/wiki/Erika_Holzer | title="Erika Holzer" | accessdate=2008-01-31] The plot revolves around the conflict between two brothers born in the Soviet Union, one becoming a powerful official in the Soviet police and the other secretly planning his escape from the Communist regime. [cite web | url=http://fee.org/publications/the-freeman/article.asp?aid=1069 | title="Book Review: "Double Crossing" by Erika Holzer" | author=Bettina Bien Greaves | publisher= | accessdate=2008-01-31]
Her second novel, "Eye for an Eye", was published in 1993. Its plot centers on a mother who joins a
vigilantegroup after the criminal justice system releases her daughter's murderer. In 1996 Paramount Pictures released a film adaptation (also titled "Eye for an Eye"); Erika was not involved with the film production.
As lawyers, the Holzers have been involved in several "
pro bono" cases, most notably the struggle of the 12-year old defector Walter Polovchakto avoid being forcibly returned to the Soviet Union. Another case resulted in political asylumbeing granted to two defectors from a Rumanian circus. [cite web | url=http://www.erikaholzer.com/biography.php | title="Biography for Erika Holzer" | accessdate=1008-01-31]
*Citation | last=Holzer | first=Erika | year=1968 | month=December | title="Preserve and Protect" by Allen Drury | journal=The Objectivist | volume=7 | issue=12 . Book review.
*Citation | last=Holzer | first=Erika | last2=Rand | first2=Ayn | year=1969 | month=December | title=The War of Liberation in Hollywood | journal=The Objectivist | volume=8 | issue=6 . Anti-intellectualism in Hollywood, illustrated by the movies "
Bullitt", " Charly", and "".
*cite book | author=Holzer, Erika | title=Double Crossing | publisher=Putnam | year=1983 | isbn=0595176968 (2001 paperback) A Soviet doctor tries to escape to the West by exchanging identities with an American.
*cite book | author=Holzer, Erika | title=Eye for an Eye | publisher=St. Martin's Press | year=1993 | isbn=0595192602 (2001 paperback) A woman turns to a vigilante group for justice after the legal system fails her.
*cite book | author=Holzer, Erika & Holzer, Henry Mark | title="Aid and Comfort": Jane Fonda in North Vietnam | publisher=McFarland | year=2002 | isbn=0786427299 (2nd Ed., 2006 paperback) Argues that
Jane Fonda's activities in North Vietnamwould support indictment and conviction for treason.
*cite book | author=Holzer, Erika & Holzer, Henry Mark | title=Fake Warriors | publisher=Xlibris | year=2003 | isbn=1401096751 (paperback) Subtitled "Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service", specifically concerning the
*cite book | author=Holzer, Erika | title=Ayn Rand: My Fiction-writing Teacher | publisher=Madison Press | year=2005 | isbn=0615130410 (paperback) Insight into
Ayn Rand's ideas about fiction writing; includes Erika's short stories and writing exercises.
* [http://www.erikaholzer.com/ Erika Holzer]
* [http://www.wethelivingmovie.com/ "We the Living" movie]
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