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I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

Tim Duggan: Crown. Mar. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9780525575986. $27. MEMOIR
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Foer, former CEO of the center and synagogue Sixth & I, probes her family’s history in this moving personal account. Born in Poland in 1946, Foer immigrated with her family to the United States in 1949 and has few memories of postwar Europe. Her mother and father were the only members of their immediate families to survive the Holocaust. Foer may have grown up in the shadow of their grief, but her parents weren’t open to sharing details about their pasts. Foer travels the world to solve the mystery of how her father survived the war and meets distant relatives and old friends along the way. She also, unexpectedly, uncovers the story of her father’s first wife and the half-sister she never knew she had. The story is at once beautiful and heart-rending, and sheds light on what happened after the war—an often overlooked aspect of the Holocaust experience.
VERDICT Foer explores her family with context and detail. Her story will interest readers of historical and personal narratives, especially memoirs and genealogy.

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