And Life is Changed Forever: Holocaust Childhoods Remembered

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Martin Ira Glassner, Robert Krell
Wayne State University Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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This distinctive volume contains twenty first-person narrative essays from Holocaust survivors who were children at the time of the atrocity. As children aged two to sixteen, these authors had different experiences than their adult counterparts and also had different outlooks in understanding the events that they survived.

While most Holocaust memoirs focus on one individual or one country, And Life Is Changed Forever offers a varied collection of compelling reflections. The survivors come from Germany, Poland, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Italy, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Latvia, and Czechoslovakia. All of the contributors escaped death, but they did so in myriad ways. Some children posed as Gentiles or were hidden by sympathizers, some went to concentration camps and survived slave labor, some escaped on the Kindertransports, and some were sent to endure hardships in a "safe" location such as Siberia or unoccupied France. While each essay is intensely personal, all speak to the universal horrors and the triumphs of all children who have survived persecution. And Life Is Changed Forever also focuses on what these children became-teachers, engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs, librarians, parents, and grandparents-and explores the impact of the Holocaust on their later lives.

 

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Contents

Survivor Born afler I935
17
Was Only Three Years Old
37
Sparkling Jewels in a Sea of Terror
45
Through the Concrete Wall
59
Child of Four Families
75
And She Lived Happily Ever After
85
The Caveman Triumphs
97
And Somehow We Survive
109
My Red Chesterfield Coat
134
Betrayal and Heroism
151
Life Death and Angels
163
My Story as I Remember It
191
Commentary on Group 2
209
Tiekun Olam
337
Guidelines for Contributors
351
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About the author (2006)

Martin Ira Glassner is a retired professor of geography and political science and a former foreign service officer. He is currently a lecturer and consultant living in Connecticut.

Robert Krell is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and a researcher and therapist specializing in child survivors, of which he is one.

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