I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holo­caust Memoir

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September 1, 2019

A riv­et­ing mem­oir of fam­i­ly, the Holo­caust, and the search for truth

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too ter­ri­ble to speak of. The child of par­ents who were each the sole sur­vivors of their respec­tive fam­i­lies, for Esther the Holo­caust loomed in the back­drop of dai­ly life, felt but nev­er dis­cussed. The result was a child­hood marked by painful silences and con­tin­ued tragedy. Even as she built a suc­cess­ful career, mar­ried, and raised three chil­dren, Esther always felt her­self searching.

So when Esther’s moth­er casu­al­ly men­tions an aston­ish­ing rev­e­la­tion — that her father had a pre­vi­ous wife and daugh­ter, both killed in the Holo­caust — Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father sur­vived. Armed with only a black-and-white pho­to and a hand-drawn map, she trav­els to Ukraine, deter­mined to find the shtetl where her father hid dur­ing the war. What she finds reshapes her iden­ti­ty and gives her the oppor­tu­ni­ty to final­ly mourn.

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here is the poignant and deeply mov­ing sto­ry not only of Esther’s jour­ney but of four gen­er­a­tions liv­ing in the shad­ow of the Holo­caust. They are four gen­er­a­tions of sur­vivors, sto­ry­tellers, and mem­o­ry keep­ers, deter­mined not just to keep the past alive but to imbue the present with life and more life.

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