by Susan Schnur

Women’s Holocaust Manuscripts

How does Lilith work with Holocaust survivors? And how can our readers teach their text?

One of my most painful tasks, as an editor here in these cozy LILITH offices, is that of rejecting manuscripts written by Holocaust survivors. How can an editor ‘select out,’ as it were, a manuscript that begins: “Beloved Tatteh, dead of starvation . . . ,” or another, just arriving in the mail this morning: “Sorting laundry at Auschwitz, I found a rag doll in a child’s coat, a little rag doll wearing a little green dress and a little red hat. I tucked it into my striped prison overalls, but was discovered and sent to the punishment block. My gassed children had had dolls like that.”

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Women’s Holocaust Manuscripts

The articles in this special section:

Simple Story

fiction by Sherry Gold

A small motherless child, smuggled back and forth across borders. Responding: Leah Strigler, a 26-year-old Wexner fellow still in graduate school.

Polish Christian Teenagers

by Maxine Moore

Is anti-Semitism still "the fashion" in Poland? Responding: "Mrs. Slomovic," 69, a Holocaust survivor and 33-year veteran of Hebrew school teaching.

How to Hide: Instructions from a Daughter of Survivors

by Karen Propp

A daughter of Holocaust survivors gives us chilling instructions. Responding: Nechama Liss-Levinson, a writer and psychoanalyst.

Imelda and Me

by Irene Frish

After 3 Holocaust years in hiding in Poland, a spunky child survives and thrives, her pain transformed into one little fetish: shoes. Responding: Julie Heifetz, high school theater arts teacher and Holocaust author.

Please Papa: Help Me

by Basia, as told to Liane Clorfene-Caisten

A week in a Jewish teen’s life in the Warsaw ghetto. Responding: Ellen Bass, co-author of The Courage to Heal.