Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia
A very nice review by Liz Spikol in the Jewish Exponent.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
Gold’s endearing mix of humility and tenacity dominates her quest for justice, which is carefully laid out in her book’s suspenseful and multilayered narrative.
Gold’s investigative skills serve her well in unraveling some family mysteries, but Stolen Legacy doesn’t read like a dry newspaper account or objective report. Instead, it’s a deeply personal story, one shot through with love and devotion to her mother and grandmother.
Dave Heller, of NPR affiliate station WHYY-FM, interviewed me ahead of my appearance at the Yom HaShoah program at Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
The Quest to Remember
Journalist Jamie Stiehm has written an interesting column entitled Racing Against Time to Remember, Reclaim Pieces of the Holocaust. Her piece was also syndicated by Creators.com in The National Memo.
She so correctly encapsulates the urgency of the situation:
A desperate race against time is now, here in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and across the Jewish community. A race to save firsthand experiences, shards of the Shoah, in voice and memory.
The last generation of Holocaust survivors are in their 80s and 90s, near the end. And what their eyes have seen when they were young is too important to lose to time. The Museum seeks to preserve their eyewitness remembrances and artifacts (such as uniforms, passports, letters) for its international archives.
And she goes on to quote me: … a tape recorder can set the tone for a serious conversational focus on the past. Expect to hear things tumble out you’ve never heard before. It’s amazing what memories — and perhaps documents — you can find, Gold says.
In the process of melting ice, you will hear “glorious snippets,” Gold declares. “Families should do that (interview.) They will regret it bitterly if they don’t. Then you’ve missed your chance.”
US Holocaust Memorial Museum event
The USHMM invited me to speak at an event on March 15 entitled Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice.
This program addressed the ongoing challenges of restitution and the resources available for people, like me, who want to research the fate of family members and construct legal cases.
In his Standpoint magazine review, entitled Holocaust Survivors Are still Waiting for Justice, Michael Pinto-Duchinsky says Stolen Legacy is riveting, humane and politically important.
Initially he had reservations about reading the book, arising from his disappointment at the derisory compensation given to former Nazi slave laborers in Auschwitz whose cause he had championed as their honorary academic adviser. Yet Dr Pinto-Duchinsky discovered that his hesitation had been misplaced …the book shows the exceptional determination, skill and luck needed by Jewish heirs in search of belated justice.
And, encouragingly, he believes that stories such as mine appear … to be helping rather than hindering elderly survivors of the concentration and death camps and their families. I do hope that is the case.