After Long Silence Author:Helen Fremont "To this day, I don't even know what my mother's real name is." — Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into ... more »the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for more than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truth.
Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story: of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets.
What Fremont and her sister discover is an astonishing story: one of Siberian gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. AFTER LONG SILENCE is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets. -->« less
Imagine being raised Catholic, then to find out the family is really of Jewish background. Fremont has finds this is to be true when she researches her ancestral background. Fremont wants to know who she really is, who her parents are; and continues to seek until she discovers much. She researches the background of her parents who went through the holocaust of Poland during WWII. What she finds out helps her & her sister put pieces of their childhood questions, and perhaps, make sense of their lives. A spellbound read of the many mysteries this family went through during the holocaust of World War II in Poland.
This is a great book about secrets and what they do to people and families. It's an incredible story of what people can endure in the most frightening and difficult circumstances and how it affects their lives. A look at war, the human soul, family, religion and identity.
This woman's experience finding out about her hidden Jewish heritage was interesting, enjoyable to read, and felt personal. She has a way of bring the reader into the story and making you feel the emotions she felt.
I really liked this nonfiction book. It took me a while to get in to, but once I did, I could hardly put it down.
Helen and her sister, born in the 50's to a catholic family trace their family history only to find out both their mother and father were Jewish holocaust survivors. They did not even know their parents real names and both mom and dad were tight lipped and refused to give them solid information. The books shares the hidden secrets of their families roots. I loved this book.