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 book is fantastic. It was fascinating to read not only the story of Helen Fremont's family, but also her exhaustive search to discover their past. The author clearly put in a lot of time and energy in this book and it shows. Book is a quick read and I would definitely recommend it.
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.
In many ways, this is a tragic story, but also a wonderful one. Who knew those two things were mutually possible, but they are. As the Chicago Tribune said, "Fascinating...A tragic saga, but at the same time it often reads like a thriller filled with acts of extraordinary courage, descriptions of dangerous journeys and a series of secret identities."
"Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont (the author) 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 price of secrets."
This author's memoir is a harrowing journey and a very brave attempt to insure that her family's heroic suffering has not been in vain. It is such a compelling, moving and eloquently written story. There are times it will leave you breathless and at all times you will find it a reminder of how fortunate you are to be reading it and not living it.
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.
let me start by saying I have read MANY books about WWII and the Holocaust. This was not one of my favorites. I liked it, but I felt that it could have been written much better. It seemed the author was trying to make this story about herself more than about her family in general. I also felt confused as the author switched character viewpoints at the drop of a hat.
In the end I felt like the book barely scratched the surfaces of her family history. Enough so that I didnt read anything that I wasn't expecting already. I also felt that the book was a bit scattered.
A look at pre- and post- WWII from a different perspective...that of a Jewish grandaughter who was raised Catholic, and who in her 30's discovers this secret and forces the powerful history out of her parents. Amazing!!!
Story of daughters - raised Catholic - who slowly unravel the European history of their parents - Jewish survivors of WWII. The chaos and horror of the period (1930's - 1940's) is well documented in this book.
The parents who were forced to abandon Judaism to survive, did not wish to relive this past with their daughters -so the truth was a challenge to obtain.
All in all, an eye-opening book.
Well written, interesting book about the author's journey of discovery about her family, what they went through in WWII in Europe and how it continues to impact their lives today. Raised Catholic, she and her sister piece together their Jewish heritage and why her parents opted to keep it a secret, even now. Love the author's writing style and descriptions. As usual, with this era of time, I am astounded by what many people went through and amazed by their courage and will to survive, given their circumstances!
Helen Fremont and her sister search for information regarding their jewish past. It was interesting how this family was able to hide their identities for over fifty years. I still don't quite understand their thinking and the neccesity in doing this. I found the author's parents especially the mother strange and very hard on her daughter. It was a good book and very different from other holocust experiences.
Helen Fremont was raised 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.
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.
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. A powerful memoir. Two sisters piece together the painful story.