From Publishers Weekly
Children of Holocaust survivors carry an unusual burden, but you don't come across many who consider their status a form of "cachet" that they can "socially trade on." Yet not only does Eisenstein freely admit to just that, she does it with an eloquent irreverence and a blend of self-absorption and self-awareness that make her debut captivating. The daughter of Polish refugees who settled in Toronto in the late 1940s, Eisenstein is a gifted artist as well as a wordsmith, and her color illustrations take over here when words are insufficient. She grasps that it was her parents who suffered through the Holocaust, but in describing herself as "some Jewish Sisyphus, pushing history and memory uphill, wondering what I'm supposed to be," she neatly articulates her struggle to understand their suffering and get to know them as human beings. Eisenstein treasures the rare moments when her reticent parents share their past. She seeks connections through relatives, books and other survivors. Her frustration and confusion are palpable, but what emerges most strongly is a deep and abiding love for her parents. "Never forget" is a central tenet of Judaism. In this beautiful tribute, Eisenstein shows she's taken that lesson to heart. (Aug.)
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Born in Canada in 1949, Eisenstein is the daughter of Holocaust survivors who lived through the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Her parents were born in Poland, and Yiddish was the language spoken at home. "The Holocaust is a drug and I have entered an opium den," she writes, saying that she needed to know what the experience had done to her mother and father. She describes their daily life, her love of books and movies, and her mother's tape of an interview for the archives of the Holocaust Project. Eisenstein tells of her ties to aunts, uncles, and cousins and of family gatherings on Jewish holidays and at bar mitzvahs. In this graphic memoir--the book is filled with illustrations in black and white and in color--Eisenstein examines the consequences of being the daughter of Holocaust survivors. It is a riveting account of what it was like. George CohenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved