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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140112847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140112849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An enormous achievement, heart-wrenching and unforgettable." --Chicago Tribune

"A passionate, brilliantly illuminating work." --Los Angeles Sunday Times

About the Author

Helen Epstein is the author of four previous books, including Children Of The Holocaust, Joe Papp: An American Life, and Music Talks, and her articles have been featured in The New York Times, the Miami Herald, and many Judaica periodicals. She is an affiliate of Harvard University's Center for European Studies.

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Helen Epstein brought us together!
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While some parts are really very pertinent and of great interest to me, I found much of it boring and rather tedious.
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I purchased this book for a friend who had been unable to get a copy here in Australia.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Helene Hoffman on December 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a daughter of Holocaust Survivors, when I first read this book (over 15 years ago), I was astounded. This author was the first to raise the issue at all: how has the Holocaust affected those whose parents survived it? When I was growing up, not only was the Holocaust itself practically a taboo subject, but no one ever, ever discussed the children of Survivors. This author had the courage, the foresight, and tenacity to do just that - and to do it in the most sensitive and articulate way.
When I first read the first chapter, I was so astounded that I stood up, and read that chapter standing up! She describes exactly, to the letter, how I felt growing up: that the Holocaust was a locked black box in your household, and that its secrets were more secret than sex, or anything else you can possibly imagine. Finally, someone has put on paper what I always felt, but could never describe. Everyone I have ever given this book to, no matter what his or her background, said he couldn't put it down. To anyone interested in the Holocaust - you must read this book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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While there have been many books written detailing the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, Helen Epstein places its impact in the context of both survivors and their families, specifically their children. Ms. Epstein's briliant narrative conveys her own family's history interweaving it with the histories of many others, both highlighting common ground and preserving the uniqueness of each. For me, as a "Child of the Holocaust", this book showed me that my feelings of alienation and unique perspective on man's potential brutality to his fellow man, both indirect consequences of my parents' wartime experiences, are shared within a community. This change in perspective lead me to the realization while the Children of the Holocaust are a separate and special group, we share common bonds with the descendents all persecuted people, and there are many, far too many, such children in the world. This book profoundly changed my outlook on the world and my view of my place in it. It has also helped others better understand my family and me. There can be no higher praise for literature, and I am very grateful to Helen Epstein for writing Children of the Holocaust, and to those taking the time to read it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2000
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As the child of a survivor, this book talks about many of the things our family kept silent. Just reading that even one other person out there had similar feelings, experiences, and views was so very comforting. It is important that society acknowledges the 2nd Generation's special status. May the memory of all who perished, of all who survived, and all who have come after them be ever for a blessing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1997
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Helen Epstein offers a unique perspective on this nightmarish aspect of our world history by weaving the stories of children of holocaust survivors into a tapestry you won't soon forget. In turns horrific and haunting, she introduces us to real people with all too real pasts, wrenching us with their tales or amazing us with their fortitude, but always doing so with simplicity and ease. Her prose reads almost like someone's diary that you stumbled onto in an old chest in the attic, and you find yourself unable to put it down as you wrap yourself up in all these lives. I promise you'll never look at the Holocaust the same way again
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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How can you say this is "nothing new"? I think the amazing contribution of this book is how it deals with the holocaust across generations. Most books I have seen dealing with survivors only talk about their time in the camps and not how it affected them when they were freed. This book tells the story of Helen's mother, but it also talks a lot about how children respond to their parents' experiences. I think this book is extremely valuable to understanding transgenerational effects of the Holocaust. I highly recommend this book to children of Holocaust survivors, or people who know children of survivors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esther on January 7, 2008
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This book was riveting. I found amazing revelations about my own childhood while reading this book, and I quickly discovered I have some background in common with the author. Never before has any psychology, non-fiction or self-awareness book kept me in such profound awe or has unlocked the key to understanding the emotional, mental and physical impact of my being one of a half million children of Holocaust survivors raised in America.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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After reading this book for a history of WW II class I heard a friend in class remark to the professor, " Dr. K. I want you to know that this book has touched me and mde me do a lot of thinking. Of course I have trouble sleeping at night." The professor replied, " Good I have succeed in this class. I made you think and contemplate." I couldn't agree more. This book is a wonderful book that not only explores the long range consequences of the Holocaust but also show that over fifty years later the ripple of effects are shaping this century even as we approach the next millenium.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 3, 2005
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I read this book many years ago. I was greatly moved by it, and through it understood the special burden children of survivors have to live with. Helen Epstein was the first to really explore the feelings and situation of the children of survivors. The secretness she writes about it, the things which were in the air but never spoken about play a large part in this.

I do remember having one point in which I felt the author did not do enough. While she deals with the individual psychological of problems effectively she does not really consider the ' collective side' of the disaster.

The imperative to keep the Jewish people alive after such a great disaster is not a subject she dwells on intensely.
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More About the Author

Helen Epstein is the author of six books of literary non-fiction including the two memoirs Children of the Holocaust and Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for her Mother's History and the biography Joe Papp: An American Life. All three books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She is also the translator from the Czech of Acting in Terezin by Vlasta Schonova and the late Heda Margolius Kovaly's classic memoir Under A Cruel Star: A LIfe in Prague 1941-1968. She and her husband are the founders of Plunkett Lake Press (www.plunkettlakepress.com).

Born in Prague in 1947, Helen grew up in New York City. She graduated from Hunter College High School in 1965, Hebrew University in 1970, and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1971. She then began freelancing for diverse publications including the Sunday New York Times. Her profiles of legendary musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Leonard Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma are collected in Music Talks.

She began teaching journalism at New York University in 1974 and became the first woman in the journalism department to be awarded tenure. In 1986, she left NYU to move to Massachusetts. She has lectured at universities in Europe and North and South America; health organizations; high schools; synagogues, libraries and churches; the United States Military Academy at West Point; the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the U.S. Holocaust Museum. She continues to write about the arts for the New England cultural website The Arts Fuse.

Photos show Helen with late author Heda Kovaly and son Sam, with her Czech researchers Jiri Rychetsky and Jiri Fiedler in 2001; speaking with Jean-Gaspard Palenicek at the Centre Tcheque in Paris; lecturing at SUNY Geneseo; at the El Ateneo bookstore in Buenos Aires; in Rome with her Italian editor Annalisa Cosentino and translator Elisa Renso; and at Freud's birthplace in Pribor, Czech Republic. To see a video interview of Helen, please cut and paste: http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/2007/02/05/uo-today-229-helen-epstein/

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