Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust

By Carol Rittner; John K. Roth | Go to book overview
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I think of my grandmothers: Miryam, devout and nurturing; Ruchel, independent and rebellious. Who would they be if they lived in my world, faced with the same choices and contradictions? What is the point of religion--of studying history--if not to make us more able to choose to rise above hatred, violence, fear?

In the lobby of the hotel where the conference is held, I stop to look at a bulletin board covered with over five hundred messages. One reads: "HAVE YOU SEEN MY SISTER? I last saw her in a hospital in France in 1942. If you have any information about her, PLEASE call." I move through the lobby, round a corner, and overhear a conversation between two men who work for the hotel, a Black and a Hispanic:

"Man, have you looked at that bulletin board?"

"No."

"You oughta look at that bulletin board--after all this time, people are still looking for lost brothers and sisters. The stuff these people have been through--nobody on earth should have to go through that. Nobody."

Rachel Federman Altman, November 1991


NOTES
1.
Interview with Ann Federman, July 31, 1976. Used by permission of Morrie Warshawski and Ann Federman.
2.
Ibid.

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