Poles Apartby Audrey Rl Wyatt
CHAIM SCHLESSEL lost his family to the Holocaust more than sixty years ago. He vowed to embrace life and protect his own wife and children from his painful memories and harrowing experiences. Finding solace in his family, his painting and the healing effects of his wife's cooking, he has kept his nightmares at bay. But when a new neighbor unwittingly triggers the… See more details below
CHAIM SCHLESSEL lost his family to the Holocaust more than sixty years ago. He vowed to embrace life and protect his own wife and children from his painful memories and harrowing experiences. Finding solace in his family, his painting and the healing effects of his wife's cooking, he has kept his nightmares at bay. But when a new neighbor unwittingly triggers the terrors of his past, Chaim is faced with the horrors that increasingly haunt his soul and threaten his sanity.
DAVID SCHLESSEL, grown, married and successful, is plagued by the always taboo subject of his father's suffering at the hands of the Nazis. As a second generation survivor, he struggles with his father's unwillingness to discuss the past and his own inability to communicate with those he loves. With his marriage falling apart and his relationship with his own children deteriorating, David, after numerous false starts, ultimately vows to conquer his inner turmoil.
United by a history they cannot discuss, yet starkly alone in their private struggles, father and son confront their demons as well as one another in a stand-off that will change them both forever.
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Several months ago I read Poles Apart and was completely captivated by the family and their stories that commingled to weave this incredible book. I felt like I was along for the ride with the Schlessel family, a spectator to their mercuric events. Recently, I returned to Poles Apart, this time with a dilemma heavy on my mind. However, when I read through this time, it was as if each member of the family was speaking to me and showing by example how this too shall pass. So, while I remained compelled again by the Schlessels and their ordeals, I felt more intimately connected this time and wanted to thank a few of the characters personally. As to not reveal any spoilers, I'll kept my comments vague: Annie: I've felt that burning, too. Felt suddenly awaken from a deep slumber and every pore in my body come to life, alert, at attention and churning with anticipation. I, too, struggled with that for which I lusted and that to which I commented. And I hope I made the right decision. David: Sometimes the first step is the hardest to take. Then the second can be even harder. I admire your strength to defy yourself and your comfort zone to do what had to be done for yourself and your family. I only hope I can be so strong when the time comes. Chaim: Thank you, for showing the significance of finding nuggets of good in an otherwise bad situation. Your perspective can alight a black hole. The adversity you exhibited is inspiring. Frieda: When's dinner? I hear, now, that your recipes are available in a cookbook, so we all can have a little of our favorite Jewish mother in our own homes. And finally, but certainly not in the least, I'd like to praise the author of Poles Apart, who created a family who at once can inspire, humble, direct and console.