Nothing Makes You Free: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors

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Melvin Jules Bukiet
W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - History - 394 pages
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History is preserved in the memories of the survivors of the Holocaust and the imaginations of their children, the so-called Second Generation. Nothing Makes You Free considers the heritage of the descendants of those who faced the horrific lie that adorned the gates of many German concentration camps: "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Makes You Free"). In the words of this groundbreaking anthology's introduction: "Other kids' parents didn't have numbers on their arms. Other kids' parents didn't talk about massacres as easily as baseball. Other kids' parents loved them, but never gazed at their offspring as miracles in the flesh....How do you deal with this responsibility? Well, if you were a writer, you wrote." Gathered here are writings of both fiction and nonfiction, ranging from farce to fantasy to brutal realism, from an international selection of writers, including Art Spiegelman, Eva Hoffman, Peter Singer, and Carl Friedman. Contributors: Lea Aini, David Albahari, Tammie Bob, Lilly Brett, Melvin Jules Bukiet, Leon De Winter, Esther Dischereit, Barbara Finkelstein, Alain Finkielkraut, Carl Friedman, Eva Hoffman, Helena Janaczek, Anne Karpf, Alan Kaufman, Ruth Knafo Setton, Mihaly Kornis, Savyon Liebrecht, Alcina Lubitch Domecq, Gila Lustiger, Sonia Pilcer, Doron Rabinovici, Henri Raczymov, Victoria Redel, Thane Rosenbaum, Goran Rosenberg, Peter Singer, Joseph Skibell, Art Spiegelman, J. J. Steinfeld, Val Vinokurov "Nothing Makes You Free is a wide-ranging, exuberant, and altogether powerful collection. A necessary reminder of the lingering effects of the Holocaust and of all the embers—in each generation—saved from the fire."—Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul "What happens to a generation of writers born after but indelibly shaped by the Holocaust? From the bitterly sardonic title of Bukiet's clear-eyed and refreshingly unsentimental collection to its last words, this volume will cause all to see this past in startlingly new and unexpected ways. This is certainly not their parent's Holocaust. But in all their immense variety, dexterity, oppressed imaginativeness, pain, and wonder, these writings show how even as a 'vicarious past,' the Holocaust continues to shape both inner and outer worlds of the survivors' offspring and now, by extension, our own as well."—James E. Young, author of At Memory's Edge and The Texture of Memory "A superb anthology...tenderness mixes with rage, sorrow with bitterness, in this first-rate gathering of pieces by those who refuse to forget."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A trenchant array...convincingly demonstrate[s] that the Second-Generation experience and the artistic vision growing from it is not merely a diluted version of the survivors' experience, but a distinct phenomenon and ethos of its own."—Miami Herald "An important book."—Booklist

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NOTHING MAKES YOU FREE: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors

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A superb anthology of prose work by members of the Second Generation.Whether 18th-generation Germans or first-generation Americans, states novelist Bukiet (Strange Fire, 2001, etc.) in his elegant ... Read full review

Nothing makes you free: writings by descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors

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It has been argued that the Holocaust cannot and should not be a subject for writers something entirely disproved by this wrenching collection of stories and memoirs by second-generation survivors. It ... Read full review


A Note on Method and Category 2 5
CARL FRIEDMAN CampNiceRoll CallBon Appetit
EVA HOFFMAN Paradise from Lost in Translation
VICTORIA REDEL My Little Pledge of Us
RUTH KNAFO SETTON Down These Mean Streets
DORON RABINOVICI The Right Nose Translated from the German
ALAN KAUFMAN The Purple Jew from Jew Boy
ESTHER DISCHEREIT from Joemi s Table Translated from the German
And Here My Troubles Regan
ANNE KARPF from The War After
LEA AINI Until the Entire Guard Has Passed Translated from the Hebrew
GILA LUSTIGER Statement of the Officer for Accounts from
JOSEPH SKIBELL from A Blessing on the Moon
LEON DE WINTER Letter from a Dogcatcher Translatedfrom the Dutch
MIHALY KORNIS Petition Translatedfrom the Hungarian by Judith

BARBARA FINKELSTEIN from SummerLongaComing
SAVYON LIEBRECHT Excision Translatedfrom the Hebrew by Marganit
J J STEINFELD Dancing at the Club Holocaust
HENRI RACZYMOV from Writing the Book of Esther Translated from
SONIA PILCER Do You Deserve to Live?
HELENA JANACZEK from Lessons of Darkness Translated from the Italian
DAVIDALBAHARI The Gospel According to My Father Translatedfrom
ALAIN FINKIELKRAUT The Protagonist Introduced from
MELVIN JULES BUKIET The Library of Moloch
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Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author of eight books of fiction and has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers. He lives in New York City.

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