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The Ones Who Remember

Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust

Published by City Point Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

How do you talk about and make sense of your life when you grew up with parents who survived the most unimaginable horrors of family separation, systematic murder and unending encounters of inhumanity? Sixteen authors reveal the challenges and gifts of living with the aftermath of their parents’ inconceivable experiences during the Holocaust.

The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust provides a window into the lived experience of sixteen different families grappling with the legacy of genocide. Each author reveals the many ways their parents’ Holocaust traumas and survival seeped into their souls and then affected their subsequent family lives – whether they knew the bulk of their parents’ stories or nothing at all.

Several of the contributors’ children share interpretations of the continuing effects of this legacy with their own poems and creative prose. Despite the diversity of each family's history and journey of discovery, the intimacy of the collective narratives reveals a common arc from suffering to resilience, across the three generations. This book offers a vision of a shared humanity against the background of inherited trauma that is relatable to anyone who grew up in the shadow of their parents’ pain.


1. Screams in the Night
Ruth Taubman
2. The Attic Full of Photographs
Julie Goldstein Ellis
3. Drinking from a Half-Full Broken Glass
Avishay Hayut
4. I Don’t Remember
Nancy Szabo
5. Shades of Chanel No. 5
Rita Benn
6. Generation to Generation
Sassa Åkervall
7. Memorize This Address
Ava Adler
8. Lessons from My Parents
Natalie Iglewicz
9. Cutting Corners
Phil Barr
10. Always an Outsider
Cilla Tomas
11. Chesed
Simone Yehuda
12. If Only
Eszter Gombosi
13. Please Remember
Myra Fox
14. Osmosis
Fran Lewy Berg
15. Not Made of Glass
Ruth Wade
16. One Day the World Will Be the World Again
Joy Wolfe Ensor

Product Details

  • Publisher: City Point Press (April 12, 2022)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781947951518

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