The Words to Remember It: Memoirs of Child Holocaust Survivors

The Words to Remember It: Memoirs of Child Holocaust Survivors

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Author: Sydney Child Holocaust Survivors Group
ISBN: 9781921372636
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Year First Published: 2009
Pages: 346
Dimensions: 234mm x 156mm x 26mm
Format: Paperback / softback

'These are stories to move the heart profoundly; to elicit
gratitude for all that we have; powerful stories to make us
determined to speak out and take action against prejudice or
hateful gossip; stories to encourage a vigorous, constructive
questioning of authority; stories to remind us always that the
price of liberty is, indeed, eternal vigilance, by all the people, on
behalf of all the people.' - from the foreword, by Caroline
Jones, AO
Accurate numbers can never be known, but it is estimated that
more than one million children under the age of 16 perished
during the Holocaust. For the children who survived, what they
saw and heard, and what they lost, remains an indelible trauma
that affects them in profound and unspeakable ways.
In 1987 in Sydney, a number of child survivors formed a group
so that they could meet in a safe environment to share their
stories and begin to process their grief. Later, the group began
creative writing sessions.
For many, finding ways to remember was the beginning of a
painful reintegration of their sense of self - a realisation that
they were, in fact, child survivors of the Holocaust. In telling
their stories, there was relief to be found in finally connecting
their memories with context and meaning, and in having them
validated. In the process, many found themselves remembering
more and more details, and the stories grew and grew into a
broad picture of life before, during, and after the Second World
War, from Paris to Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vilno, and
In this indescribably moving collection, 30 members of the
group share their unfathomable experiences of loss, and the
stories of their ultimate endurance.
About Sydney Child Holocaust Survivors Group
The group was formed in 1987, following a visit by Sarah Moskowitz,
a child psychologist and educator from the US. Sarah has
specifically researched children under 12 who survived the
Czechoslovakian concentration camp Theresienstadt during the
Second World War. The Sydney group is now part of the World
Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust.

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