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Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust

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In a series of writing workshops at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, survivors assembled recently to remember the pivotal moments in which their lives were irreparably changed by the Nazis. These "flares of memory" invoke lost childhoods, preserving the voices of over forty Jews from throughout Europe who experienced a history that cannot be forgotten--by them nor us.

Including a timeline that chronicles the rise of the Nazis, their devastating campaigns for control of Europe, and the successive edicts that would annihilate millions, Flares of Memory consists of 92 brief vignettes arranged both chronologically and thematically. Survivors from Munich, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and the Netherlands recreate the disbelief and chaos that ensued as families were separated, political rights were abolished, and synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed--before and especially after Kristallnacht. "We had entered a twilight zone between memories of earning our keep at our occupations and the fear of becoming game during hunting season," writes one survivor. Others remember the daily humiliation, the quiet heroes among their friends, and the painful abandonment by neighbors as Jews were restricted to ghettos, forced to don yellow stars, and loaded like cattle in trains destined for the camps: "We were completely stripped of all human identity." Vivid memories of hunger, disease, and a daily existence dependent on cruel luck in Dachau, Auschwitz, and other concentration camps provide penetrating testimonies to the ruthlessness of the Nazi killing machine, yet they also bear witness to the resilience and fortitude of individual souls bombarded by evil.

This book also includes poignant recollections of American liberators who were often devastated by the horrors that they discovered after the fall of the Nazis. "A mix of emotions--disbelief, rage--overwhelmed us; tears blinded our eyes," recalls one soldier. Flares of Memory will inspire these emotions and will stay with you, long after you finish its pages.

About the Author

Anita Brostoff is a retired Carnegie-Mellon University professor and consultant in communications who has specialized in teaching and research in writing in areas ranging from fiction to business and technical writing. She lives in Pittsburgh. Sheila Chamovitz is an award-winning independent film and video director and producer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195138719
Editor:
Brostoff, Anita
Editor:
Chamovitz, Sheila
Foreword by:
Eliach, Yaffa
Editor:
Brostoff, Anita
Editor:
Chamovitz, Sheila
Author:
null, Sheila
Author:
Brostoff, Anita
Author:
Chamovitz, Sheila
Author:
null, Anita
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Jewish
Subject:
History, World | European
Subject:
Jewish children in the Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Series Volume:
IMS-14
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 46 halftones and 1 line illus
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6 x 9.2 x 1.3 in 1.556 lb

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