Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss

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Daughters of Absence is a collection of twelve essays written by daughters of Holocaust survivors. Each chapter is a contribution from a female author, poet, artist, musician, filmmaker, comedienne, playwright, etc. The authors not only tell about their own personal experiences as daughters of Holocaust survivors, but many essays also include accounts from their parents of horrific experiences during the Holocaust.

Despite the unique pressures of being the daughters of "survivors," the contributors have thrived and made the most of their lives, but not in stereotypical ways. Instead, they chose ways that combine compassion with courage, and success with celebration. The result is an uplifting and very inspiring book from a group of very inspiring women.

The contributors include editor Mindy Weisel, an artist whose works are on display at museums around the world; Helen Epstein, author of Children of the Holocaust; Aviva Kempner, producer of the films The Partisans of Vilna and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg; Lily Brett, the only writer who has won Australia's highest awards for fiction and poetry; photographer Vera Loeffler; poet Miram Morsel Nathan; and Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Senator Joe Lieberman. The introduction is by Eva Fogelman, author of Conscience & Courage: Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.

This book has been used in the classroom and at seminars and conferences. Previously available only in a hard cover edition, it is now available in trade paperback and e-book editions. Highly recommended because of its unique perspective on the Holocaust and because each chapter demonstrates the strength of the human spirit.

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"Memorial Candles" (Preface) - Acclaimed visual artist Mindy Weisel, who also served as editor of this anthology, describes the unique pressures associated with being the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. The child is a "memorial candle," the link in the family among past, present, and future. "Transforming a Legacy of Loss" (Introduction) - Social psychologist and psychotherapist Eva Fogelman, Ph.D., discusses the process of transforming a "legacy of loss" into something meaningful, including the writing, art, film, performance, photographs, music, and creative Jewish lifestyle of the contributors.

"Normal" - Author Helen Epstein (Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From) takes the reader with her through the anxiety and experience of her first trip to Germany as a successful author, where she learns from the local media that "Jews are news."

"My Life in Music" - Master musician Patinka Kopec (co-founding faculty member of the Perlman Music Program with Itzhak Perlman, and program coordinator of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music) shares her story of becoming a musician and of her attempt to fill her family's life with music.

"Journey to the Planet of Death" - Hadassah Lieberman (wife of Senator Joe Lieberman) describes what it was like to be part of the American delegation to the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

"It Isn't Easy Being Happy" - Kim Masters (contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former reporter for the Washington Post and Time) tells the story of a trip with her parents to their hometowns in Czechoslovakia, some fifty years after her grandparents put her mother on the Kindertransport, a childrens' refugee train out of the country.

"Kicking and Weeping" - Comedienne and playwright Deb Filler uses humor to master tragedy on a trip with her father to the forest where his parents and 800 other Jews were massacred, and to his old barracks in Birkenau.

"Traces Along a Broken Line" - Photographer Vera Loeffler captures loss, love, and longing in a beautiful photo essay.

"Keeping the Family Name Alive" - Filmmaker Aviva Kempner (Partisans of Vilna, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) tells what drove her to explore the Holocaust in her films, despite her mother's objections.

"Family Mythology" - Sylvia Goldberg, who works in tourism as a professional bilingual Hebrew guide, stumbles upon a map at the Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C., which prompts her to begin a search for long-lost relatives in Munich.

"Starting Over" - Rosie Weisel, a graphic artist living on Kibbutz Saad, shares excerpts from her diary of coming to terms with her personal history.

"A Hat of Glass" - Nava Semel, one of Israel's finest contemporary writers and winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Becoming Gershona, provides an account of life in the Zittau labor camp in this start and gripping work of fiction.

"Fragments and Whispers" - A selection of moving and powerful poetry by writer and poet Miriam Morsel Nathan.

"Letting Myself Feel Lucky" - Lily Brett, the only person to have won Australia's highest awards for fiction and poetry, describes her family's journey, beginning with the loss of relatives in the Lodz ghetto and in Auschwitz, up to the present - a time when she can finally allow herself to "feel lucky."

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In this moving tribute, a distinguished group of creative women collaborate to reveal what it was like to grow up in the shadow of their parents' Holocaust ordeal and how they transformed that legacy into the beauty of their films, art, photgraphs, poems, stories, and lives.

"As daugthers of Holocaust survivors, we were buds growing from nearly dead branches," writes artist Mindy Weisel. "But we are the daughters of the future. We turned to the artistic and the creative expressions of life's beauty in celebrating our parents' survival."

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