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Joseph I. Kessler, “An Era: Looking Back “
Thoughts, insight, and perspective as a second-generation Holocaust survivor. An autobiography, memoir, or commentary attempting to hone into the most compelling moments, memories, and emotions, focusing on the events that took place in my life and before I was born.
The purpose of sharing the story of my life and backdrop during this egregious era is to provide you with my history as the second-generation child of a holocaust survivor. I want to offer you historical information so fundamental to my heritage that it profoundly impacted all our lives during our formative years and even before we were born.
Unfortunately — and, of course, thoroughly depressingly — it is almost entirely impossible to recollect — and, ergo, cherish — most of the elements of those millions of people who lost their lives during World War II!
Trying to describe the events firsthand or experiences would be impossible. There are no easy answers in retracing the steps or easy solutions to finding all the facts. Given the passage of time, trying to recollect the facts of that horror has become impossible.
My parents and other surviving family; friends provided bits of information and shared their stories, mainly orally passed on to me.
Pondering and looking back at my notes pieced together with much thought, sometimes being overly aggressive and occasionally obsessive. Putting this book together has become all-consuming, with a lot of compilation, editing, and countless hours of intensive investigation into many events. The process slowly revealed and led me into following journeys after finding information on the many brave souls, some surviving and the majority not.
Creating a logically-rendered written legacy: “An Era: Looking Back.” So, with due respect to you, the reader, my writing leaves an account of past and current events to explore, elicit, evoke, or draw out and find information about what happened to my family.
It is the experience of the past that inspires the future. “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it and wiser than the one that comes after it.” George Orwell
To paraphrase Anthony S. Pitch, “…a gargantuan effort…”
“To anyone who feels invisible, please know that your story matters. Your ideas matter: Your experience matters.” – Michelle Obama.
“An Era: Looking Back” is an introspective, retrospection – memoir through Joseph Israel Kessler’s thoughts, views, and research, who is a second-generation Holocaust survivor. (The children of those who lived through the Holocaust are predominantly Jewish, known as second-generation survivors, who lost family, and whose only crime was being born Jewish.)
Today you may ask any young or older person, male or female, who has been educated about what they know or remember about the years 1939 – 1945 regarding the Holocaust, despite the horrific nature of the survivors’ wartime experiences. It is unreasonable to expect their children not to delve into their past. Yet how justifiable is it for the postwar generation to claim, like me, that my parents’ history also belongs to me?
Mostly assuredly, most of us would be embarrassed by our lack of knowledge and or understanding of the seriousness of this period in our history, and with that, I wrote, An Era: Looking Back: A Retrospective of a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor
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