The Jump Artist
is an evocative psychological fiction based on the true, and largely unknown, story of renowned photographer Philippe Halsman, a man Adolph Hitler knew by name, who Sigmund Freud wrote about in 1931, and who put Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Life
magazine. Surviving an episode that presages the horrors of WWII, Halsman transforms himself from a victim of rampant anti-Semitism into a purveyor of the marvelous. Ratner is a graduate of Shaker Heights High School. The Jump Artist
won the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature from the Jewish Book Council.