Daughters of Absenceby Mindy Weisel
This is a collection of twelve essays written by daughters of Holocaust survivors. The women -- artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, a photographer, a musician, and an actress -- have found a strong voice through their work, and their work has been both a life force and a lifesaver. The editor, too, is the daughter of Holocaust survivors; her parents survived Auschwitz. The contributors include Helen Epstein, author of Children of the Holocaust; Aviva Kempner, the filmmaker who produced The Partisans of Vilna and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg; and Rosie Weisel, the Israeli graphic artist who is the editor's sister-in-law. The introduction is by Eva Fogelman, author of Conscience & Courage: Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. A number of poignant black-and-white photographs of family members appear in this book of personal accounts of growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust.
"Mindy Weisel and the other daughters of Holocaust survivors have provided us with extraordinary insights. The solemn beauty of their sagas and the triumph over the past is a gift to their parents, who survived and rebuilt their lives, and to those millions who did not." -- Susan Tumarkin Goodman of the Jewish Museum New York
"Each in her own genre, these 'daughters of absence' trace -- with great skill, great courage, and great candor -- their journey from a ghost-ridden past to a fulfilling present." -- Peter Novick, author of The Holocaust in America, professor of history at The University of Chicago
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Meet the Author
Mindy Weisel is a noted artist who is included in the American Archives of American Artists. Her art hangs in museums and institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of American Art,Israel Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the U.S. Capitol. Her work has been featured in thirty one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions. Ms. Weisel has been nominated for awards in the visual arts and is a participant in the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies Program. An interview with her about her art and life aired in 1997 on CNN's "Impact." Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Art News, and more. She is the author of "Touching Quiet: Reflections in Solitude" and editor of "Daughters of Absence," an anthology of essays, poetry, photos and more from daughters of Holocaust survivors. Mindy Weisel resides in Jerusalem, Israel, and Washington, D.C.
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I was blown away by this book. It contains essays and stories from 12 daughters of Holocaust survivors. Their parents are to be admired for surviving the Holocaust and going on to have families and meaningful lives. And the daughters are to be admired for growing up with the unique pressures of being the child of a "survivor," and also for finding their own paths to success and meaning in their lives. Truly an inspiration. Highly recommended.
This collection reveals startling insight regarding the children of holocaust survivors. I found it raw and revealing, and found it very difficult to put down. If you do read it, have a box of Kleenex ready. You will need it!
The daughters of survivors share their experiences of growing up as the second generation. First person accounts give a different perspective on the effects of the Holocaust that are far reaching.