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“There are clearly feelings that are beyond comprehension. It is these feelings that are put into the music, poetry, painting, photography, prose, and theater that enrich our lives, and that are addressed in this book. The women in Daughters of Absence all have one thing in common: as daughters of Holocaust survivors they have found a strong voice through their work. For these creative women, their work has been both life force and life saver.”Mindy Weisel (painter)
“The next day, en route to Auschwitz, I asked Dad about the fields we were driving past. Was that corn we could see growing? He looked out of the window, far away. He remembered a young woman attempting escape from the trucks en route on the deportation to Auschwitz from the Krakow ghetto. She had been caught in what looked to him exactly like these fields. “The guard made her kneel down, put her hands behind her head, and then he shot her in the back of the head. Phew. You’re a lucky girl, darling, lucky not to see things like that.” I looked at the fields once more and no longer saw the corn.”Deb Filler (comedienne and playright)
“Roll call and she stood for hours.../with the small pot she found.../wedged between her legs... so later.../she and her sisters...who...because/they were blond and young... were often.../well...so what was it?.../oh yes...so they could boil/the two potatoes...they had hidden/in the wall of the lager…”Miriam Morsel Nathan (poet)
“It’s been twenty years since I finished psychoanalysis. My parents are both dead. I have children of my own. The war’s been over since 1945. When does normal return?”Helen Epstein (author) from "Normal"
“Behind a broken wall, we found the overgrown gravestones. Most were engraved in Hebrew, which we couldn’t read. None was dated later than 1942. Many were smashed or toppled; the good citizens of Trstena had tried to murder even the ghosts, it seems.”Kim Masters
“Eight hundred Jews assembled at the side of the road, marched through the forest, into the woods. That summer morning a young boy from the orphanage silently climbed a tree. He saw the large, freshly dug pit and then watched in silence as German soldiers, aided by Polish collaborators, unleashed a volley of submachine gun bullets into the Jews, into my grandparents and seventy of my relatives.”Deb Filler (comedienne and playright)
“The climate in America, even in the Jewish community,was not especially receptive to hearing the survivors’ harrowing tales. Once the war was over, the message was that life was supposed to go back to normal. Even the European survivors adopted that philosophy. They were preoccupied with making a living and bringing up their families in their adopted land. My mother claims she did not even exchange wartime stories with her sibling.”Aviva Kempner (writer and filmmaker)
“I was at work when the call from the White House came. Would I join the American delegation to the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz? The invitation took my breath away, and in a cracked voice I responded, “If I can go...I have to go.””Hadassah Lieberman
“What about when that bastard Zundel beat me to within an inch of my life and meshuggeneh Haim Diller was laughing? And I asked him why he was laughing. And he said, 'It could have been worse, it could have been me.'”Deb Filler (comedienne and playright) - quoting her father
“We in the post-Holocaust generation can derive no meaning from the Germans’ senseless racist murder during the Third Reich of millions of Jewish men, women, and children, of gypsies, of Jehovah’s Witnesses, of Seventh-Day Adventists, of homosexuals, of political resisters and dissidents, and of non-Jewish rescuers. And yet, if we attempt to mourn our dead family members, the ghosts we have lived with, in many cases never even having seen a picture or known a name, we ultimately face a desire to transform our feelings—grief, anger, rage, helplessness, guilt, and anguish—into a search for meaning.”Dr. Eva Fogelman, Ph.D. (social psychologist and psychotherapist)
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