Afterlight : in search of poetry, history, and home
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Afterlight : in search of poetry, history, and home

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Afterlight : in search of poetry, history, and home
Call No: 940.5315 M65a (New Arrivals shelf)

Call Number940.5315 M65a (New Arrivals shelf)
Dates[2021]; ©2021
Statement of ResponsibilityIsa Milman.
Creators & ContributorsMilman, Isa (author)
Milman, Isa (subject)
Kramer, Sabina (subject)
Kramer, Basia (subject)
Summary"A haunting memoir of war, genocide, displacement, and a daughter’s search for the literary works of her mother’s murdered twin. Grieving the death of her mother in 2013, author Isa Milman embarked on a heart-wrenching journey to unravel a family mystery—the whereabouts of her aunt’s long-lost poems, published in Poland in the early 1930s—which evolved into a broader investigation of her family’s life before, during, and after the Holocaust. This powerful memoir chronicles a lesser-known chapter of the Second World War through the story of two sisters: Sabina, Isa’s mother, who survived the war, and Basia, Sabina’s twin, who did not. Exploring themes of loss and displacement, regeneration and resilience, Isa discovers how her own story is woven into the immense yet intricate tapestry of the Jewish experience. As she delves into her family’s history, accompanied by her husband, a native British Columbian, she travels to contemporary Poland, Ukraine, and Germany, and tries to reconcile her shifting appreciation of people and place, in a world where anti-Semitism and other forms of extremism are on the rise once again." —Publisher
Contents
  1. Opening the Box of History
  2. The Longing for Poland
  3. Outbreak
  4. Mistletoe
  5. Warsaw
  6. Five Good Months
  7. Surprise in Amsterdam
  8. Fergana
  9. Searching for Basia
  10. Reunion
  11. Mother Tongue
  12. Displaced Persons
  13. Return
  14. Exile
  15. Kostopil
  16. Finally
  17. A Chapter in Three Movements
  18. The Birthday Party
  19. Home
Afterword: Afterlight
Physical Description xix, 268 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps, genealogical table ; 22 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
Publisher[Victoria, BC] : Heritage House Publishing
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
RecognitionGifted in 2021 by Shannon LaBelle & Kevin Forbes
Location in CollectionNew Library Items