I attended a session at the Princeton Public Library three weeks ago about writing the memories of others. The speaker, professor and memoirist Ellen G. Friedman, shared her family’s story: seven of her family members escaped east into the Soviet Union during the Holocaust. Naturally, I bought her book, The Seven: A Family Holocaust Story. I was attracted to it by my own family’s story.
One of my grandfather’s brothers also traveled east. He settled in Uzbekistan-Bukhara, and after the war, resettled in Palestine. With the exception of my grandfather and another brother in America, the remainder of their siblings were killed.
What’s on your night stand this week? And do you have any stories of family members escaping from Nazi persecution into the Soviet Union?
My four grandparents left the Pale in early years of the 20th century, but I know nothing of the parents or siblings they left behind. Have you read a book by Daniel Mendelsohn, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million? I highly recommend.
Hi, Steve. Yes, I have read The Lost. Thanks, Barbara