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"To this day, I don't even know what my mother's real name is."

Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish — Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for more than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truth.

Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story: of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets.

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"A story of safe but costly passage from one identity to another that takes us from Europe to America via World War II....[Fremont] has the intelligence and imagination to question her own motives. This allows her to question the memoir form, even as she deploys it so beautifully." The New York Times

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"Mesmerizing....Fremont has accomplished something that seems close to impossible: She has made a fresh and worthy contribution to the vast literature of the Holocaust." The Washington Post Book World

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"An extraordinary tale...eloquently written....Its complex narrative weaves back and forth between past and present, the tale and its discovery." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Riveting...painfully authentic....A poignant memoir, a labor of love for the parents she never really knew." The Boston Globe

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"Fascinating....A tragic saga, but at the same time it often reads like a thriller filled with acts of extraordinary courage, descriptions of dangerous journeys and a series of secret identities." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish, Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Even their names were not their own. In this memoir, Helen Fremont recounts a remarkable tale of survival — as vivid as fiction — but true.

About the Author

Helen Fremont lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has had fiction and nonfiction published in The Harvard Review, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Marlboro Review, and Ploughshares. After Long Silence is her first book.

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Elaine, December 22, 2006 (view all comments by Elaine)
This is a breath-takingly poignant book. It is the story of ordinary people who discovered that everything they knew about who they and their parents were was untrue. In recent years there have been several stories of well-known politicians or public figures who just discovered as adults that their parents or grandparents had been Jews in pre-war Europe. These people had become Christians in Europe to survive and then continued (completely hiding their roots) in today's US. Many people doubted that it was possible that their children could not have known of their heritage but had found it convenient to not know. Helen Fremont's story describes how difficult it can be to learn about a past that someone is determined to keep hidden, an incredible story of survival, and perhaps some of the lasting scars that led her parents to deny their heritage even in a "safe" environment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385333702
Author:
Fremont, Helen
Publisher:
Delta
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Children of Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland.
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
memoir;holocaust;non-fiction;wwii;biography;history;poland
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 1691
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.06x5.28x1.00 in. .68 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780385333702 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A story of safe but costly passage from one identity to another that takes us from Europe to America via World War II....[Fremont] has the intelligence and imagination to question her own motives. This allows her to question the memoir form, even as she deploys it so beautifully."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing....Fremont has accomplished something that seems close to impossible: She has made a fresh and worthy contribution to the vast literature of the Holocaust."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary tale...eloquently written....Its complex narrative weaves back and forth between past and present, the tale and its discovery."
"Review" by , "Riveting...painfully authentic....A poignant memoir, a labor of love for the parents she never really knew."
"Review" by , "Fascinating....A tragic saga, but at the same time it often reads like a thriller filled with acts of extraordinary courage, descriptions of dangerous journeys and a series of secret identities."
"Synopsis" by , Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish, Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Even their names were not their own. In this memoir, Helen Fremont recounts a remarkable tale of survival — as vivid as fiction — but true.
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