A World Erased
A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets
In the 1950s, Noah Lederman’s grandparents raised their children on Holocaust stories. But because tales of rebellion and death camps gave his father and aunt constant nightmares, in Noah’s adolescence Grandma would only recount the PG version. But Noah craved the uncensored truth and always felt one right question away from their pasts. But when Poppy died, it seemed the Holocaust stories died with him. In the years that followed, without the love of her life by her side, Grandma could do little more than mourn.
After college, Noah, a travel writer, roamed the world for een months with just one rule: avoid Poland. A few missteps in Europe, however, landed him in his grandparents’ country. When he returned home, he cautiously told Grandma about his time in Warsaw, fearing that the past would bring up memories too painful for her to relive. But, instead, remembering the Holocaust unexpectedly rejuvenated her, ending ve years of mourning her husband. Together, they explored the memories—of Auschwitz and a half-dozen other camps, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the DP camps—that his grandmother had buried for decades. And the woman he had playfully mocked as a child became his hero.
Noah Lederman’s memoir was selected by the Philadelphia Inquirer for its list of best books, and Booklist called it “a vital contribution to Holocaust collections.” Lederman has written features for the Economist, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Slate, New Republic, Chicago Sun-Times, BBC Travel, Salon, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Cape Cod Times,
Writer’s Digest, and dozens of other publications.
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