Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust / Edition 1

Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust / Edition 1

by Anita Brostoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195156277

ISBN-13: 9780195156270

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195156270
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
613,117
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Timeline of the Holocaust
Map of Concentration Camps in Europe
Preface
Introduction
Snapshots2
War Arrives in Lithuania3
A German Family7
Betrayal11
Parting13
Herr B.17
A Kristallnacht Journey18
An Action against the Jews20
Leaving Germany, Leaving Home24
Escape to England26
The Best-Laid Plans28
A Life-Defining Impression30
The Harbinger of What?32
The Beginning and the End33
A Family Gone, One by One34
The Abandonment of Mielec36
A Shtetl's Life Is Ended37
What Ever Happened to the Jews of Skudvil?40
In the Dark45
Thereienstadt47
Dachau50
Auschwitz, 194455
The Tenth Woman on Block Ten56
The Means to Survive58
The Gypsies60
Nazi Murderers61
How Many Made It?63
The Law in Lithuania64
Horrors of War70
German Roulette83
My Sister Rieke84
A Definition of Survival86
An Unforgettable Passover Seder89
Trying to Go Home90
Bar Mitzvah Boy93
The Skull with the Golden Braid95
The Concentration Camp Lottery96
The Girl with Wooden Shoes101
The Wagon102
The Child103
In Constant Terror107
Posing as a Christian114
I Choose Life116
Lost Families119
Beyond Memory121
A Hidden Child in Greece123
The Promise144
A Mother's Courage147
Miracles151
A Dream of Milk155
In Praise of Manual Labor156
A Son in Deed158
The Psychologist162
A Narrow Escape165
The Kindness of Strangers168
A Saintly Person170
The Convent in Marseilles173
Among the Righteous176
The Killing Hunger179
Captain Zimmer180
The Volunteer Group181
Mazel182
The Farmer Kowarski185
A Surprise Package187
Lithuanian Friends191
Unsung Heroes199
Friend or Enemy?202
Resist in Everything!208
The Golden Chain of Judaism227
Flight to Freedom236
The Last Hiding Place243
One Day War, the Next Day Not245
The Long Road after Liberation247
On the Way to Health249
An Ending and a Beginning252
The Tiny Flame254
The Aftermath258
The Barber260
Kaleidoscope: Salonika, Greece, 1945261
The Sewing Basket263
Children from the Camps Going to England265
The Chief of the Gestapo268
Herr Schluemper270
The Miracle272
To Bear Witness about the Holocaust274
It Shall Not Be Forgotten Nor Forgiven!276
The Photograph281
Germany, 1945: View from a Tank283
Gusen: A Nurse's Tale286
A Letter from Dachau288
I Saw Buchenwald291
Re-Entry296
Biographies of Survivor-Authors298
Photographs of Liberator-Authors336
Author Index342
Story Index343

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