Biography for Erika Holzer
Lawyer-turned-novelist Erika Holzer has a B.S. degree from Cornell University's New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.
After specializing in labor law with the Manhattan firm Battle, Fowler, Stokes & Kheel, as well as teaching labor law at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she practiced constitutional and appellate law with her husband, Henry Mark Holzer.
Holzer and her husband devoted part of their practice to pro bono human rights cases.
The most notorious was their six-year battle to protect the rights of Walter Polovchak (a twelve-year-old dubbed by columnist George Will as "the littlest defector") — in the face of efforts by the KGB, with ACLU support, to forcibly return young Polovchak to the then-Soviet Union.
Another well-publicized case that culminated in the granting of political asylum involved two teenagers who had defected from a visiting Rumanian circus.
Polovchak, as well as the two Rumanian girls, are happily assimilated American citizens.
During the period in the mid-to-late1960s when the Holzers represented novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand, they tracked down and recovered Rand's lost film classic, the 1941 Italian-made Noi Vivi and Adio Kira, based on Rand's first novel We the Living.
The Holzers, with Duncan Scott Productions, co-produced the film, working with Ayn Rand to edit the two films and merge them into one. Erika Holzer, with Duncan Scott, co-wrote the subtitled script.
The movie version of We the Living became an internationally acclaimed “classic” art film, playing in art theaters to rave reviews all over the world. The film continues to be shown at American film festivals.
Holzer has written numerous essays, articles, syndicated columns, and book and movie reviews. Some of her articles were co-written with her husband, Henry Mark Holzer.
Holzer co-authored two books with her husband: Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam (McFarland & Co. ) and Fake Warriors: Identifying, Exposing and Punishing Those Who Falsify their Military Service (Xlibris).
Her most recent book is Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher — A Novelist's Mentor-Protégé Relationship with the author of Atlas Shrugged (Madison Press).
Holzer's novel Double Crossing (Putnam) is a human rights espionage drama.
A Literary Guild alternate, Double Crossing received much critical acclaim (see endorsements). It was published in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Japan and Greece.
Her thriller Eye for an Eye (St. Martin's Press/Forge Books), is an indictment of our criminal justice system. Novelist Nelson DeMille called it “an American Clockwork Orange.” It was published in France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Poland.
Paramount Pictures produced a feature film based on Eye for an Eye. It was directed by John Schlesinger and starred Sally Field and Kiefer Sutherland, with Ed Harris and Joe Mantegna. It was released in 1996 and still appears regularly on cable television.