Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust by Sheila Chamovitz

Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust

bySheila ChamovitzEditorAnita Brostoff

Paperback | September 15, 2002

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In a series of writing workshops at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, survivors who were children or teens during World War II assembled to remember the pivotal moments in which their lives were irreparably changed by the Nazis. These "flares of memory" preserve the voices of over forty Jewsfrom throughout Europe who experienced a history that cannot be forgotten. Ninety-two brief vignettes arranged both chronologically and thematically recreate the disbelief and chaos that ensued as families were separated, political rights were abolished, and synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed. Survivors remember the daily humiliation, the quiet heroesamong their friends, and the painful abandonment by neighbors as Jews were restricted to ghettos, forced to don yellow stars, and loaded like cattle into trains. Vivid memories of hunger, disease, and a daily existence dependent on cruel luck provide penetrating testimonies to the ruthlessness ofthe Nazi killing machine, yet they also bear witness to the resilience and fortitude of individual souls bombarded by evil. "I don't think that there will be many readers who will be able to put this book down."--Jerome Chanes, National Foundation for Jewish Culture

About The Author

Anita Brostoff is a retired Carnegie-Mellon University professor and consultant in communications who has specialized in teaching and research in writing in areas ranging from fiction to business and technical writing. She lives in Pittsburgh. Sheila Chamovitz is an award-winning independent film and video director and producer.

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Title:Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the HolocaustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195156277

ISBN - 13:9780195156270

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"An outstanding contribution about and by Holocaust survivors (especially from the Pittsburgh community), with an excellent timeline, attractive vignettes and appropriate indexes."-- John Pisarek, Religious Studies Lecturer, Penn State University