In the 1950s, Noah Lederman’s grandparents raised their children on Holocaust stories. But because tales of rebellion and death camps gave his father and aunt constant nightmares in Noah’s adolescence, Grandma would only recount the PG version. Noah craved the uncensored truth and always felt one right question away from their pasts. But when Poppy died at the end of the millennium it seemed the Holocaust stories died with him. In the years that followed, without the love of her life by her side Grandma could do little more than mourn. After college Noah, a travel writer, roamed the world for fifteen months with just one rule: avoid Poland. A few missteps in Europe, however, landed him in his grandparents’ country. When he returned home he cautiously told Grandma about his time in Warsaw, fearing that the past would bring up memories too painful for her to relive. But instead remembering the Holocaust unexpectedly rejuvenated her ending five years of mourning her husband. Together they explored the memories — of Auschwitz and a half-dozen other camps the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the displaced persons camps — that his grandmother had buried for decades. And the woman he had playfully mocked as a child became his hero. This poignant memoir transports readers from Noah’s grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland.
A World Erased
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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