Daughters of Absence

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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...
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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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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - Editorial Staff
An impressive and revealing collection of writings of the children of Holocaust survivors. It is also an homage to Holocaust survivors, intended as a gift from the children of those survivors to their parents, and as a tribute to the millions who died. With moving, uplifting prose that recounts how the daughters of survivors transform a legacy of shadow into the artistic light of movies, art, photographs, poems, novels, and lives, Daughters of Absence is a powerful, life-affirming read and a str
Goodman of the Jewish Museum New York - Susan Tumarkin
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.
Peter Novick - Author of "The Holocaust in America" and Professor of History at The University of Chicago
"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
Washington Post - Book Editor
Mindy Weisel's feelings spilled out in watercolor on her paintings. She came to know other survivors' daughters who had overcome the particular emotional stuntedness by creating art. Weisel asked 12 of them to write essays, which she has collected in a new book, "Daughters of Absense: Transforming the Legacy of Loss."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988439030
  • Publisher: Dream of Things
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,328,873
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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 particiĀ­pant 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    I was blown away by this book. It contains essays and stories fr

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

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    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Holocaust Survivor's daughters have a different perspective

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 14, 2013

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