Join three local authors as they present the newly published anthology The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust, in which they explore the ways their parents’ Holocaust experiences affected them and their families.
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About the Book
How do you talk about and make sense of your life when you grew up with parents who survived the most unimaginable horrors of family separation, systematic murder and unending encounters of inhumanity? Sixteen authors reveal the challenges and gifts of living with the aftermath of their parents’ inconceivable experiences during the Holocaust.
The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust provides a window into the lived experience of sixteen different families grappling with the legacy of genocide. Each author reveals the many ways their parents’ Holocaust traumas and survival seeped into their souls and then affected their subsequent family lives – whether they knew the bulk of their parents’ stories or nothing at all.
Several of the contributors’ children share interpretations of the continuing effects of this legacy with their own poems and creative prose. Despite the diversity of each family's history and journey of discovery, the intimacy of the collective narratives reveals a common arc from suffering to resilience, across the three generations. This book offers a vision of a shared humanity against the background of inherited trauma that is relatable to anyone who grew up in the shadow of their parents’ pain.
About the Authors:
Ava Adler originally grew up outside of Detroit and moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of MIchigan. She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from U of M the latter in Social Work. Her career included work with children in foster care, addiction, and medical social work. Ava and her husband enjoy the riches of a large family with many grandchildren. She also has a passion for social justice and loves dance, theater, movies, and books.
Julie Ellis is a graduate of University of Michigan and has spent her life in Ann Arbor devoted to family, volunteerism, elder care, and managing a consulting company. Julie and her sister, Susan Goldstein are dedicated to following in their survivor parents' footsteps to keep their extended family of many generations of cousins connected.
Cilla Tomas grew up in Bern, Switzerland and was a social worker in a psychiatric hospital near Zurich before immigrating to the U.S. She received a second Master's degree at the University of Michigan after which she launched a second career as. financial advisor. Cilla now enjoys the calling of being a grandmother, a political activist and numerous other hobbies and pastimes.