In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin

In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin

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Aronson, Jason Inc.
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In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin

The sheets of paper are as brittle as fallen leaves; the faltering handwriting changes from page to page; the words, a faded brown, are almost indecipherable. The pages are filled with recipes. Each is a memory, a fantasy, a hope for the future. Written by undernourished and starving women in the Czechoslovakian ghetto/concentration camp of Terezín (also known as Theresienstadt), the recipes give instructions for making beloved dishes in the rich, robust Czech tradition. Sometimes steps or ingredients are missing, the gaps a painful illustration of the condition and situation in which the authors lived. Reprinting the contents of the original hand-sewn copybook, In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezín is a beautiful memorial to the brave women who defied Hitler by preserving a part of their heritage and a part of themselves. Despite the harsh conditions in the Nazis' "model" ghetto - which in reality was a way station to Auschwitz and other death camps - cultural, intellectual, and artistic life did exist within the walls of the ghetto. Like the heart-breaking book I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which contains the poetry and drawings of the children of Terezín, the handwritten cookbook is proof that the Nazis could not break the spirit of the Jewish people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742546462
Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2006
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 MINA'S COOKBOOK Chapter 5 Recipes Chapter 6 Recipe List for the original manuscript Chapter 7 Practical Notes Chapter 8 Poems by Wilhelmina (Mina) Pächter Chapter 9 Letters by Wilhelmina (Mina) Pächter Chapter 10 Wilhelmina Pächter: A Biographical Sketch Chapter 11 Bibliography

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In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book is a unique combination of scholarship, history, and memory. Although it contains recipes, this is not in any traditional way a cookbook. In Memory's Kitchen is the moving story of how during World War II the women of the Terezin concentration camp spent evenings writing down recipes that reminded them of their previous 'real' lives: when they lived with and cooked for families and friends. They substituted memory for food and in doing so kept their humanity alive. The 'recipes' were smuggled out of the camp and years later found their way to the surviving daughter of one of the 'cooks.' Definitely worth reading.