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Saving the Tremors of Past Lives: A Cross-Generational Holocaust Memoir

ISBN: 978-1-61811-257-6

Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2017

Объем (стр):184


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The Jewish community of the Polish border town of Brzesc (Brisk in Yiddish), which had numbered almost 30,000 people, was wiped out during the Holocaust, with only about 10 of its members surviving. One of them was Masza Pinczuk, who escaped from the Brzesc ghetto on the eve of its liquidation on October 15, 1942. Her future husband succeeded in escaping from the Warsaw ghetto. They were the sole survivors of their respective families, and in this volume their daughter, Regina Grol, shares their story and meditates on the legacy of the Holocaust, exploring the lingering impact of the Holocaust on the following generations. Based on interviews and letters, and checked against historical facts, the book includes supporting documents and photographs. It also contains an account of the author’s “internal flanerie” (to use Walter Benjamin’s term), i.e., a retrospective and introspective look at her own life as a child of Holocaust survivors.


Acknowledgments 8
Preface, by Antony Polonsky 10
Introduction 14
Chapter One: The Knight on the White Horse 16
Chapter Two: Bialystok 38
Chapter Three: From Bialystok to Dubno 59
Chapter Four: Further Migrations: From Dubno to Katowice to Haifa 66
Chapter Five: (Temporary) Return to Warsaw 77
Chapter Six: 1968; or, America! America! 86
Chapter Seven: Dreams 100
Chapter Eight: Dwelling in a Name 108
Chapter Nine: My Father: The Mystery Man 116
Chapter Ten: Mother and Her Family 127
Chapter Eleven: Danuta 144
Chapter Twelve: On Graves, Burial Rites, and the Search for Identity 148
Chapter Thirteen: Poems 162
Conclusion 168
Index 179

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