Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Making a Difficult Journey to the Past Where Relatives Lived, Hid, Died

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Making a Difficult Journey to the Past Where Relatives Lived, Hid, Died

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Title: Hiding Places: A Father and His Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust

Author: Daniel Asa Rose

Data: Simon & Schuster, 380

pages, $25

Review by Ann Hyman

When Daniel Asa Rose was a boy, in the '50s in Connecticut, his mother read to him and his older sister from Grimm's fairy tales. A recurrent theme of these stories was hiding, in caves, in forests, in deep wells, from ogres. Gradually, the fairy tales gave way to other stories.

"They were like Grimm's fairy tales, updated, with people hiding in laundry hampers and haylofts and wood sheds until the ogres went away. These fearsome new ogres were called Not-sees, and instead of having double heads or an eye in the middle of their foreheads, they had blond hair and shiny black boots."

The stories Rose heard were stories of his own family, of great-aunts and uncles, of second cousins, who hid and fled from the Not-sees, some escaping to America, some surviving until the end of the war, many dying in the Holocaust.

Rose grew up in Rowaton, Conn., a WASP stronghold where he was one of the few Jewish kids on the block, never exposed to anti-Semitism -- well, once a thoughtless remark at a school bus stop -- and more like his rowdy Huck Finnian chums than his pale, elegant cousins from the city who were studious and attended synagogue. He was simply fascinated, awed -- and a little embarrassed -- by his old-world, courtly uncles Yudl and Vilvl, diamond merchants.

Inevitably, Rose grew up haunted by the enormity, the unfathomable terror, the impact of the Holocaust on his family. His mother, who left Belgium barely ahead of the Nazi occupation, told her children true stories of hiding places and narrow escapes. Those who escaped and those who did not were Rose's own family.

Rose decided to follow the stories to their roots. …

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