Out of Chaos
Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust
Edited by Elaine Saphier Fox
Introduction by Phyllis Lassner
"This superbly edited compendium of the diverse recollections of children who survived the Holocaust is a deeply affecting document. Indeed, as an awakener of empathy, I know of nothing comparable."
—Peter Hayes, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies
The stories in Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust (August 30; $50; cloth) represent brief or elongated moments, fragments of memory and experience, what the great Holocaust writer Ida Fink called “a scrap of time.”
The anthology expresses these survivors’ memories and reactions to a wide range of experiences as they survived in so many European settings, from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Poland, and France. The writers recall being on the run between different countries, escaping over mountains, hiding and even sometimes forgetting their Jewish identities in convents and rescuers’ homes and hovels, basements and attics. Some were left on their own; others found themselves embroiled in rescuer family conflicts. Some writers chose to write story clusters, each one capturing a moment or incident and often disconnected by memory or temporal and spatial divides.
The project, initiated by Elaine Saphier Fox, and here introduced by scholar Phyllis Lassner is a profound testament to lost and found lives that are translated into compelling reading.
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