We are Still Here: Memoirs of a Child of Survivors

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 183 pages
In this intimate collection of essays, Rebecca Liebermann Nissel recounts the story of five generations. From her grandparents' lives in pre-war Europe, to her parents' Holocaust experiences, to her own childhood in Vienna, and then on to her children's and grandchildren's lives as Americans, Nissel weaves the tale of a family that refuses to be torn apart. Written as short stories, this is an eclectic narrative of her Hungarian family that is as much about history as it is about psychology and sociology. What ties these essays together is the perspective of one woman, a daughter of survivors, whose insight is as penetrating as it is interdisciplinary. Nurtured by the warmth and security of the upbringing her parents courageously managed to give her, Nissel carries a unique message of hope that touches the humanity within each of us.
 

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Contents

1 I Am the Bridge
15
2 The Auschwitz Coat
24
3 Bread for Passover
30
4 The Angels Had Warm Feet
35
5 The Miracle
40
6 Colored Stones
46
7 The Hidden Holy Room
53
8 Mami Sleeping
59
16 Kaufering
99
17 The Power of a Voice
106
18 Chariots of Fire
110
19 Role Change
114
20 Tree of Life
120
21 Crowning of a Son
124
22 Tante Piri
131
23 The Heidens
140

9 Carnival on Ice
64
10 A Graduation from the Shtetl
73
11 Rosemary Chocolate
77
12 Goal
83
13 Fun Vonent Kumt a Yid
87
14 The Promise
92
15 Yizkor
95
24 Road Trip to Romania
148
25 Yesh Lev There Is a Heart
156
26 The Libeskind Museum
164
27 Der Kleine Eli
168
28 The Ruby Ring
173
29 Floaters
180
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