Out of Chaos

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ISBN 978-0-8101-6661-5

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2911-5
Publication Date
August 2013
Page Count
318 pages
Trim Size
7 x 10
ISBN
0-8101-2911-6

Out of Chaos

Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust

The stories in Out of Chaos represent brief or elongated moments, fragments of memory and experience, what the great Holocaust writer Ida Fink called “a scrap of time.”  In all, the anthology expresses these survivors’ memories and reactions to a wide range of experiences as they survived in so many European settings, from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Poland, and France. The writers recall being on the run between different countries, escaping over mountains, hiding and even sometimes forgetting their Jewish identities in convents and rescuers’ homes and hovels, basements and attics.  Some were left on their own; others found themselves embroiled in rescuer family conflicts.  Some writers chose to write story clusters, each one capturing a moment or incident and often disconnected by memory or temporal and spatial divides. 

All together the anthology is a profound testament to lost and found lives that are translated into compelling reading.
About the Author

Elaine S. Fox is of counsel at the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and received her J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, with honors, and her B.S. from Northwestern University.

Reviews

“This superbly edited compendium of the diverse recollections of children who survived the Holocaust is a deeply affecting document. Indeed, as an awakener of empathy, I know of nothing comparable.” —Peter Hayes, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust is an essential read for both scholars and general audiences. The testimonies of hidden children offer a lens on Jewish children’s lives during the Holocaust and its aftermath by transmitting stories that would have otherwise slipped into oblivion."  —Journal of Jewish Identities