Each of these carefully crafted stories offers a discrete angle of vision concerning events that occurred during the Shoah and their ongoing repercussions. These include grappling with issues of restitution, recollection of Nazi cruelty, the continued existence of gratuitous violence, and instances of Gentiles helping Jews. Read together, these self-contained stories provide insight into the emotional and physical lives of those living in the Shoah’s dark aftermath. -Alan Berger, from the foreword
This stunning collection of stories makes a significant contribution to post-Holocaust literature. At a time when the memory of the Holocaust is receding in the collective consciousness of the world, it is all the more imperative to keep alive the reality of the atrocities of the Holocaust. A House Too Small is part of a lively and urgent burgeoning of post-Holocaust literature that has gained considerable momentum in the decades surrounding the new millennium.
Victoria Aarons, O.R. & Eva Mitchell Endowed Chair in Literature at Trinity University
Some things happened and are not true and some things are true but never happened. Ezra Hirschmann’s writings bring forth a truth that can best be found in fiction. I was moved. I was touched. I was impressed. I am grateful!
Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics, American Jewish University
May these stories lodge deep in our minds and hearts, and linger in our souls.
Sister Mary Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary