Bending Toward the Sun

Bending Toward the Sun

A Mother and Daughter Memoir

Book - 2009
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"A decade-long collaboration between mother and daughter... reveals how deeply the Holocaust remains in the hearts and minds of survivors, influencing even the lives of their descendants"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2009
Characteristics: 357 p. : ill., geneal. table ; 24 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061734764
9780061734762
Call Number: 940.5318092 GILBERT- LURIE

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Jan 04, 2019

This is an important book; not so much because it is well-written but because it has a place in the history of the Nazi holocaust against the Jewish people (and, by extension, against the Roma). This book memorializes the Lurie family’s personal history within that larger context. It also shows the effects of the holocaust on succeeding generations within that family and extrapolates those effects onto the generations that followed. This is valuable because the holocaust is still being talked and written about. Films are still being made about it. We learn that holocaust, in Latin, means “burned offerings.” Farther back, the word is from the Greek holo (whole) and caust (burned). The priests of the ancient Hebrew temple in Jerusalem offered animal sacrifices to their god. Those animals were entirely burned at the altar. They were holocaustum (pp.11-12). The book’s title refers to an area of ground that is burned to ashes, but those ashes contain the nutrients of the next generation of plants. Their green shoots seek the sun, bending toward it. It is the metaphor for the Lurie family. This book is very much worth reading.

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