For the rare Jews of Poland who managed to survive the Holocaust, the very idea of a return to what had been one s homeland might seem both physically and psychologically impossible, perhaps even absurd. Yet it is precisely this paradoxical journey that Mira Kimmelman undertakes with great dignity and generosity. In words that are both direct and intimate, she exposes the ambivalence of what it means to learn to live again after Auschwitz to experience love, raise a family, and assume a steadfast place in the Jewish community of a new land. At the same time, she acknowledges the abyss of losses that can never be retrieved. Perhaps even more importantly, Mira reveals how the pain of a return is transformed into a new adventure of discovery and reconciliation to be shared with her sons, their families, and her readers for generations to come. Karen D. LevyProfessor of French StudiesUniversity of Tennessee This book is written with intelligence, sensitivity, and eloquence. As a post-Holocaust memoir, it is an excellent volume, inasmuch as it brings out the scope of the Holocaust, its impact on future generations, and how it affects our understanding of past generations. The author explores and elucidates the problems of liberation from death and the return to life that forever confront Holocaust survivors. David Patterson Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies University of Memphis Life beyond the Holocaust brings to mind in its power to document painful memories Primo Levi s The Reawakening. Ms. Kimmelman s memoir is, above all, a beautiful love story of herself and her husband, Max. She writes in a vernacular style that evokes her experiences with specific details. Her book is alive and celebrates in good prose human values triumphing over radical evil. Hugh Nissenson"
The author of Echoes from the Holocaust: A Memoir, Mira Ryczke Kimmelman lectures widely in schools about her experience in the Holocaust. She lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Gilya Gerda Schmidt is head of the religious studies department and chair of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.