Hiding Places: A Mother, a Daughter, an Uncovered Life

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SUNY Press, Feb 23, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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What’s it like to spend sixteen months in hiding, crouching in a tiny cellar, during the dark years of World War II? To know that many of your friends and relatives have either been shot or sent to concentration camps? To have your life depend on the humanity of an elderly Christian couple who lets you hide under their floor? What if you knew it had been your mother crouching under that floor? Wouldn’t you wonder how she stood it? How it felt? What it did to her? And how it all affected you? In Hiding Places, Diane Wyshogrod traces the process of discovery and self-discovery as she researched the experiences of her mother, Helen Rosenberg, who as a teenager hid in just such a cellar, in Zˇłkiew, Poland. The narrative, which moves between New York, pre-war and wartime Poland, and Jerusalem, is based on many hours of recorded interviews and covers Helen’s life before, during, and after World War II.

Although Wyshogrod’s original intention was simply to record her mother’s experiences, piecing the narrative together proved difficult: there were numerous gaps, things her mother could (or would) no longer remember, and other things her daughter just couldn’t comprehend. To fill in these gaps, Wyshogrod draws from all the facets of her identity—writer, clinical psychologist, daughter, mother—in an attempt not only to understand her mother’s experiences, but to find out why it is so important for her (and for us) to make that attempt in the first place.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
30
Chapter Four
38
Chapter Five
51
Chapter Six
58
Chapter Seven
75
Chapter Eight
81
Chapter Nineteen
188
Chapter Twenty
191
Chapter TwentyOne
202
Chapter TwentyTwo
208
Chapter TwentyThree
217
Chapter TwentyFour
227
Chapter TwentyFive
231
Chapter TwentySix
239

Chapter Nine
96
Chapter Ten
113
Chapter Eleven
119
Chapter Twelve
126
Chapter Thirteen
131
Chapter Fourteen
147
Chapter Fifteen
159
Chapter Sixteen
169
Chapter Seventeen
177
Chapter Eighteen
181
Chapter TwentySeven
261
Chapter TwentyEight
268
Chapter TwentyNine
273
Chapter Thirty
277
Chapter ThirtyOne
279
Chapter ThirtyTwo
282
Epilogue
287
Postscript
289
Acknowledgments
295
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About the author (2012)

Diane Wyshogrod is a clinical psychologist and writer. Born in New York City, she currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband and three sons.

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