Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:27 pm
Post subject: Contemporary books
Here are some books I have read and enjoyed. Perhaps others would as well.
Kniffel, Leonard. A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, c2005. 236 p.
Searching for the remnants of his family, Leonard Kniffel left Chicago in 2000 to live for a few months in the town where his grandmother grew up. His search for a connection to Poland was propelled by memories of the stories his grandmother told him about her emigration to Michigan in 1913 and his questions about why his family's ties to Poland were severed. It reveals what half a century of communism did to Poland and how the residue of World War II lingers. In returning to Poland himself, he sought and found a bridge to the "Great Migration" that changed the lives of so many millions.
Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million. New York: HarperCollins, c2006. 512 p.
The author describes how his family was haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust and how he embarked on a determined search to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his lost ancestor's fates.
Pasulka, Brigid. A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2009. 354 p.
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