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Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss (Capital Discoveries)

Weisel, Mindy

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ISBN 10: 1931868018 / ISBN 13: 9781931868013
Published by Capital Books (VA), 2002
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Title: Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy ...

Publisher: Capital Books (VA)

Publication Date: 2002

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Now in paperback - the book that Susan Tumarkin Goodman of the Jewish Museum New York praised: "Mindy Weisel and the other daughters of Holocaust survivors have provided us with extraordinary insights. "The solemn beauty of their sagas and the triumph over the past is a gift to their parents, who survived and rebuilt their lives, and to those millions who did not." Peter Novick, author of The Holocaust in America, professor of history at The University of Chicago, described it as: "Each in her own genre, these ‘daughters of absence’ trace - with great skill, great courage, and great candor - their journey from a ghost-ridden past to a fulfilling present."

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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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