I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

A riveting memoir of family, the Holocaust, and the search for truth

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy. Even as she built a successful career, married, and raised three children, Esther always felt herself searching.

So when Esther's mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation--that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust--Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father survived. Armed with only a black-and-white photo and a hand-drawn map, she travels to Ukraine, determined to find the shtetl where her father hid during the war. What she finds reshapes her identity and gives her the opportunity to finally mourn.

I Want You to Know We're Still Here is the poignant and deeply moving story not only of Esther's journey but of four generations living in the shadow of the Holocaust. They are four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers, determined not just to keep the past alive but to imbue the present with life and more life.

Title:I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir
ISBN:9780525575986
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  • HBalikov

    Foer is on a mission. At times it can be all consuming as she culls the Diaspora and available databases to find out who she is and where she came from. In her words:“When I asked my mother why she ...

  • ? Sandi ?

    3 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and Tim Duggan Books for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes March 31, 2020. It has been a while since I have read a book on the Holocaust. Although I am no...

  • TL

    I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.----3.5 starsHad trouble keeping track of some of the names and details (me thing, my memory sucks) of h...

  • Lauren

    "I set out to find the family that had hidden my father during the war and to see what I could learn about the sibling I had never known. I set out to find a shtetl that, by all accounts, was no mo...

  • Sue

    This is a memoir of Esther's family - four generations who are unable to pass her mother's stories to each generation because her mother's memories were so terrible that she refused to talk about them...

  • Judi Easley

    First thoughts: Amazing. A genealogy search crossed with a deep dive into the Holocaust archives and local histories by a Jewish girl trying to be sure those that died are not forgotten. Powerful and ...

  • Betty

    This beautifully written book flowed so smoothly I felt was having coffee with Ms. Foer as she told her story. I have read countless stories of the Holocaust yet from each I learn something new. The b...

  • Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    Esther Safran Foer is the mother of three authors (including Jonathan Safran Foer), so it isn't surprising that she is intelligent, open, and writes beautifully. This memoir is a story of family, ance...

  • Cat

    WOW. It's hard to put into words the way I felt when reading this. In so many ways, this book felt like a spiritual experience (even though I am not Jewish) because of the way that Safran Foer writes ...

  • Shannon A

    As a history major, I was intrigued by the subtitle of this memoir. I’m always keeping an eye out for the untold history and this book became one that stayed with me for days after I’d finished it...