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Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History epub ebook

by Helen Epstein

Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History epub ebook

Author: Helen Epstein
Category: World
Language: English
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers; Reprint edition (January 1, 2005)
Pages: 322 pages
ISBN: 0841914443
ISBN13: 978-0841914445
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 456
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A sequel to the groundbreaking Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From is a daughter’s memoir of her mother’s family.

This book is at once a memoir, a family history and a social history of Central European Jews of the 19th and 20th centuries. A sequel to the groundbreaking Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From is a daughter’s memoir of her mother’s family. The three generations of women she portrays are dressmakers; the fashion salon, a refuge and a rare institution where women could speak. What we so coldly call 'acculturation' is a major theme of Helen Epstein's rich and absorbing new book, Where She Came From

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Helen Epstein's Where She Came From. I have just finished Helen Epstein's Where She Came From and I am unable to move. She weaves three narratives: personal, historical and Holocaust. It is one of the best books I have read, ever. I am in awe of the writer's skills and gift. It is the kind of book that makes you think about it for days, the kind of book that makes you not want to read another for a while, and certainly not one that isn't of its caliber.

Specifically Where She Came From (1997) is a compelling story of the author's great-grandmother, Theresa Furcht, who committed suicide in Vienna after the death of her teenage son; Pepi Rabinek, Theresa's daughter and Epstein's grandmother, murdered by the Nazis; and Franzi.

Specifically Where She Came From (1997) is a compelling story of the author's great-grandmother, Theresa Furcht, who committed suicide in Vienna after the death of her teenage son; Pepi Rabinek, Theresa's daughter and Epstein's grandmother, murdered by the Nazis; and Franzi, Pepi's daughter and Epstein's mother. The memoir is a secular version of what observant Czech Jews of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries called megillot mishpachah (family scrolls).

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With this family history, Epstein (Children of the Holocaust, 1979, et. adds a vivid and telling chapter to the reconstruction of Jewish women's history, one life at a time. While she can't recover all the details of her great- grandmother Therese's, grandmother Pepi's, and mother Franci's lives in Czechoslovakia, she more than compensates by re-creating the times, the milieus, and the circumstances in which they found themselves.

After the death of her mother, author and journalist Helen Epstein set out to uncover her mother's past and to learn more about her grandmother and great-grandmother, victims of the Holocaust. The result is this compelling biography, both a chronicle of three generations of women and a social history of Czechoslovakia's Jews.
Reviews (7)
Dagdardana
This book was recently recommended by my mother, a holocaust survivor of Czech Jewish descent. We are reading simultaneously.
I have learned a great deal about the years and decades of Czech history leading up to WWII as well as a personal and emotional account of a survivor during and after the holocaust. I feel that I know have greater insight of what my relatives must have endured. Extremely well written!!

Uthergo
...i had read Children of the Holocaust many years ago and found it transformative in terms of human development...

In my continuing personal search for understanding human behavior and social organization, i was lead to this book.

As a child, i was partially raised in Arab/Muslim countries and find myself in perpetual grief over the conflicts that my father believed would ignite World War III.

Learning Jewish history and culture has become critical to coming to terms with the behavioral insanity that continues to rip human cultures to pieces with few signs of hope for peace among us...

Like Children of the Holocaust, this book digs deeply into how we, as a species, continue to create and recreate the conditions that lead to painfully dysfunctional behaviors that imprison is all in terrifying and repeated cycles of behavior regardless of national identity, political structure or creed -- or maybe because of it.

Questanthr
Ms. Epstein's book is a beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing look at the forces-- in particular -- the women who shape our being. Working through a range of sources, she pulls together a clear and compelling portrait of what life was like for Jewish women and families in Central Europe before, during and after WWII. This is a story of the Holocaust, but it is so much more, because it is a glimpse into family, marriage, work, love and faith in a rapidly changing, and terrifying reality, and how the strength of individuals can rebuild lives and a future.

HyderCraft
I have read "Children of the Holocaust" by the same author. I couldn't put it down. This book is not as easy of a read. I read this book for a class at my synagogue.
If you are curious about the life of the Jews before World War II, this book is for you. There aren't many books that I can find written on the subject of the Hapsburg Empire Jews.
The book gave me a peek inside of the life of the Jews at a time when there was some prosperity and less antisemitism. The author had to do a tremendous amount of research to put this information together and I am sure it was an uphill battle. Discovering the history of Jews who were nearly annihilated is a hard task.
I think the title can be deceiving. There are unfortunately so few personal accounts from that era, it does read more like a history book. For me it was worth the read as I have some familial ties to that region.
If you are looking for very personal accounts similar to "Children of the Holocaust" you will be disappointed.

Kinashand
I am so pleased to have stumbled across Helen Epstein's account of her mother's experiences during the Holocaust. Ms. Epstein's work skillfully combines two stories: that of her attempt to recover her mother's past and her mother's personal history. I was particularly impressed with how the larger history of the Jews of Czechoslovakia and of the nascent Czech republic was woven into the story. Ms. Epstein is an exceptionally clear-eyed writer, managing to convey the tragedy of her family's past without losing her grip on the narrative. I was struck, at the same time, with how well she creates a vivid picture of her family's experiences and the daily reality of life in pre-war Czechoslovakia and in the camps. I can't recommend it enough.

Oparae
An extraordinary book about her mother and her mother's family by a daughter of a Holocaust survivor. This book was especially interesting because it dealt with Czech Jewish community, a little known and not well documented area of European Jewish history. I very much enjoyed it.

Haal
I am of the same generation as Ms Epstein, born to Czech parents who emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. I appreciated her careful research going back to my grandmother's generation. Although every family's story has its own trajectory, the backdrop that Ms Epstein explains in such detail is both familiar and enlightening. I am grateful to her for sharing what she learned.

I could not put this book down. Beautifully researched, and a real story. Although refashioned from research, the characters come to life, and Ms. Epstein has handled this heart-breaking topic with grace. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in a personal history of the Holocaust.

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