A Voice from the Holocaust

A Voice from the Holocaust

A Voice from the Holocaust

A Voice from the Holocaust

Synopsis

Eve Soumerai recounts her childhood as a Jewish girl growing up in Nazi Berlin, as a teenaged refugee in the United Kingdom, and later as a young adult searching for answers in postwar Germany. This first-person memoir helps students understand the Holocaust and its effects by chronicling the life of an individual who lived through it.

Excerpt

I first met Eve Soumerai in the summer of 1980, while working on my master’s thesis at Wesleyan University. I was writing about the Holocaust, trying to make some kind of sense out of this horrifying piece of history. Eve was the first “survivor” I spoke with. Although she had not spent time in the concentration camps and, in fact, did not even think of herself as a survivor of the Holocaust, I knew she had much to tell me. I was nervous, worried that I would be making her talk about events she didn’t want to think about. But she welcomed me into her home, fed me (of course), and shared her memories with me of the wonderful life she had led before the Nazis came along, and of the disintegration of that life when Hitler came to power.

That was the start of more than twenty years of friendship, learning, teaching, and collaborating. We have worked together helping students and their teachers celebrate the lives of their heroes—writers, statesmen, and musicians, from Anne Frank to Paul Robeson—in the creation of dramatic tributes. We have taught workshops on the need to embrace differences and respect the rights of all people. and we have co-authored books about human rights and the Holocaust. Our friendship has been a wonderful adventure.

This book is Eve’s story. It contains brief passages on historical background (that’s my contribution) that should enable your students to understand the context of the events described, without

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