Book Review: Challenging the past

A collection of stories of descendants of Holocaust survivors shows how they are taking their parents’ experiences and creating a new legacy.

By ALEXANDER ZVIELLI
December 25, 2014 16:05
4 minute read.
The March of the Living

Participants on the March of the Living walk through Budapest.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Florence Shapiro’s story and her conclusion moved me most. I found it in the middle of this vast collection of 90 biographical details and life stories confessed by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Shapiro, a Texas state senator and educator, recalls how her father suffered, always with a caveat: “What can I say, there was nothing we could do…” She recounts the pain burning inside her father – his furrowed brow, a pensive stare and very few clues with which to build a family tree – and concludes: “I believe God put me on this earth to be the bridge between my parents and their past, and my children/ grandchildren and their future.”

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