A Holocaust memoir of love & resilience : mama's survival from Lithuania to America
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A Holocaust memoir of love & resilience : mama's survival from Lithuania to America

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A Holocaust memoir of love & resilience : mama's survival from Lithuania to America
Call No: 940.5315 S56h

Call Number940.5315 S56h
Dates[2019]; ©2019
Statement of ResponsibilityEttie Zilber.
Creators & ContributorsSidrer, Zlata Santocki (contributor)
Zilber, Ettie (author)
Sidrer, Zlata Santocki (subject)
Summary"With the Nazi occupation of Kovno (Lithuania), her life changed forever. Zlata Santocki Sidrer was Jewish, but she survived the horrors of the Holocaust. Gone was her normal life and her teenage dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, she witnessed untold deprivations, massacres, imprisonment, hunger and slave labor before being transported to the Stutthof Concentration Camp. Her story of the death march is a testament to her fighting spirit and the limits of human endurance. Yet the challenges did not end with liberation. Lovingly compiled from recorded interviews and researched by her eldest daughter, Ettie, this is an account of a remarkably resilient woman who raised herself out of the ashes after unimaginable hardship and sorrow. She found love and happiness where none could be expected—a secret marriage in the ghetto, escapes, dangerous border crossings, reunifications, and life-saving friendships. Ettie’s quest to learn more about her ancestry led her to Lithuania and Poland—in her mother’s footsteps. The author reflects on the impact of her family’s experiences on her own beliefs and behaviors, thereby adding to the literature about Second Generation and transgenerational trauma. In these memoirs she honors her family by telling their amazing story of survival and collects evidence to corroborate their painful history." —Back cover
ContentsPart I. Mama's Memoir

  • Introduction

  • Pre-war Life in Kovno

  • War: Russians, Lithuanians & Germans

  • Life in the Kovno Ghetto

  • Forbidden Wedding in the Ghetto

  • Liova's Escape and Liberation

  • Liquidation of the Kovno Ghetto

  • Deportation to the Concentration Camps

  • Survival in Stutthof Concentration Camp

  • The Death March

  • Liberation and Beyond

  • Reunification of the Family

  • Searching for Liova

  • Escape from Lithuania

  • DP Camp, Landsberg am Lech, Germany

  • Search for a New Home and a Sign of New Life

  • En route to America

  • Mama's Public Interviews

Part II. Travels in Mama's Footsteps: My Odyssey to Lithuania and Poland

  • Introduction

  • Lithuania

  • Poland

Part III. The Second Generation (2G): The Impact of My Family's Holocaust Experiences on Me

  • Introduction

  • Connection to Family, History and Heritage

  • Immigration, Languages and Integration

  • Physical and Mental Health

  • Risk Taking, Pluck and Resilience

  • Perspective on Human Nature and Government

  • Family Idiosyncrasies

  • Attitude, Happiness and Priorities

  • Education, Hard Work and Work as Therapy

  • Financial Security and Frugality

Physical Description 213 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
Publisher [Oegstgeest, The Netherlands] : Amsterdam Publishers
NotesIncludes transcriptions of the recorded memoirs of Zlata Santocki Sidrer, and further chapters by her daughter, Ettie Zilber.
RecognitionGifted in 2020 by the author, Ettie (Sidrer) Zilber, in loving memory of her parents, Zlata (Santocki) Sidrer & Liova Sidrer, and their wonderful friends, Berl Gempel & Rachael Gempel