After Long Silence

After Long Silence To This Day, I Don T Even Know What My Mother S Real Name Is Helen Fremont Was Raised As A Roman Catholic It Wasn T Until She Was An Adult, Practicing Law In Boston, That She Discovered Her Parents Were Jewish Holocaust Survivors Living Invented Lives Not Even Their Names Were Their Own In This Powerful Memoir, Helen Fremont Delves Into The Secrets That Held Her Family In A Bond Of Silence For Than Four Decades, Recounting With Heartbreaking Clarity A Remarkable Tale Of Survival, As Vivid As Fiction But With The Resonance Of TruthDriven To Uncover Their Roots, Fremont And Her Sister Pieced Together An Astonishing Story Of Siberian Gulags And Italian Royalty, Of Concentration Camps And Buried Lives After Long Silence Is About The Devastating Price Of Hiding The Truth About Families About The Steps We Take, Foolish Or Wise, To Protect Ourselves And Our Loved Ones No One Who Reads This Book Can Be Unmoved, Or Fail To Understand The Seductive, Damaging Power Of SecretsWhat Fremont And Her Sister Discover Is An Astonishing Story One Of Siberian Gulags And Italian Royalty, Of Concentration Camps And Buried Lives AFTER LONG SILENCE Is About The Devastating Price Of Hiding The Truth About Families About The Steps We Take, Foolish Or Wise, To Protect Ourselves And Our Loved Ones No One Who Reads This Book Can Be Unmoved, Or Fail To Understand The Seductive, Damaging Power Of Secrets

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • After Long Silence
  • Helen Fremont
  • English
  • 13 September 2018
  • 9780385333702

10 thoughts on “After Long Silence

  1. says:

    This may be the first memoir I ve ever made it through because I m NOT a fan of nonfiction If life were so interesting, why would we need to make stuff up I read this book b c Helen Fremont is a friend of a friend and was a guest writer giving a reading at the community college where I taught at the time This book is a beautifully told story paralelling Fremont s discovery that her family was covering up their Jewish identity after the Holocaust, which prompts her to come out of the closet to them the dynamics of honesty, secrecy, family, etc., are very powerful Fremont sacrificed a lot to tell this story Think about it if your family were hiding a secret for decades and you wrote a memoir about, that would take guts, wouldn t it Fremont is an excellent writer and a terrific person When she s not teaching at the Harvard summer writers institute, she s a public defender not a glamourous life Maybe it s not what everyone expects in their Goodreads reviews, but I think a writer being a good human being is worth a bonus star

  2. says:

    At times while reading this story, I wondered at any of the actual verity of facts It s not that I refused to believe this woman lawyer Or that I mistrust that she did not believe and desire to tell the entire truth It is just that I think the people who told it to her all had such emotional mental disability of after effect cognition that each and every detail needs to be taken with a grain of salt as to any context accuracy Even within the era and placements of these events that Helen Fremont remembers as real and actual Like her summer camp experience with not having to go to Mass on Sunday etc All of that just wouldn t have played as Catholic then As it is posited that her Mother and herself too understood any of the context to that dictate or camp s rules So I don t even understand how they could have self identified at all in the way her Mother did and taught her to react Not for any cover or purposes as her mother equated with success for it working It s not only illogical but it s revealing to any who would have heard those kinds of explanations at that time That would have raised questions toward going forward with any approval for permissions You just couldn t get permission for missing Church every week like that or in that manner of determining that parental dictate yourself re Mass It HAD to be questioned and addressed to the why part far than this report describes as final answer And it would have Do I know it.It s a story worth telling and one to absolutely tell But I don t think it was told well And yet told as well as it could be by those who couldn t bear to truly remember So much of this copy is told either out of sequence or at tangents to any core of the tale Filler almost Very poor, 2 star in construction itself It sounds like the trauma involved was ever lasting and too dire to circumvent Possibly even unto the next generation for all the blank spots and silences And furtive family minutia that did not make sense to other than permanent identity damage is dominate here Actually when it was all said and done, I would have MUCH rather read her Dad s autobiography including the years in Siberia that he completed before he passed which ended in 1958 He seemed to be able to witness in a higher degree and with personal eyes But if you want to read about outcomes from Polish WWII era atrocities and village occurrence aftermath for the few Jewish survivors in another century, this IS a book to choose The problem is that you will only get it 2nd or 3rd hand while the original eyes are too punctured to relate it.

  3. says:

    Helen and Lara Fremont were raised as Roman Catholics really Their mom and dad lived in Poland during WW11 and came to America shortly after the war Simple story COMPLICATED During their childhood days the sisters started to have questions about who they were who are our parents Things were not making sense when confronting the parents about their past Helen was determend to figure it ALL out one way or another.This story, a memoir, has twists and turns that are mind boggling It is powerful and painful all in the same breath Everytime you feel the story should end it starts all over again with new information of their past This book is a true story AND Helen does a masterful job in writting such a complicated history of their family.

  4. says:

    As an adult, Helen Fremont learns that her family are not Roman Catholics but actually Jews Her parents survived the holocaust and raised their children outside their faith to ensure that they were never persecuted She mentions being taught the Lords Prayer in several languages so she would always be able to prove her Christianity This was a compulsively readable book I found I could not put it down I even stood at the stove cooking with it in my hand Her parent s past saddened me and I was troubled by how much pain they went through telling their tales To me it really brought to life the terror of the holocaust There are so many good discussions to be had about this book.

  5. says:

    A good memoir but take it with a grain of salt The subjects in the book her parents were less than willing subjects and and suffered such mental trauma that memories are sketchy at best The real problem with this book is its style This book is full of similes and metaphors that make little sense and throws off the rhythm of the story telling, the chronology is all over the place and sometimes there are tangents that don t fit the story What s great about this book is the story itself, if true then it is a fantastic story of love, loss, secrets and family If it isn t true then it was a pretty good novel

  6. says:

    Daughters research their Jewish history after learning that parents hid their identity to escape the holocaust and Soviets Juxtaposes the daughters lives with the horrors of their parents lives Though the book doesn t fully explore the issue, the author raises an interesting question about right to know parents history and to bring back to them memories they want to forget.

  7. says:

    Best of all worlds 1 A fascinating account of a dramatic time in our history2 Written in an intriguing but clear and logical back and forth through history manner3 Written with a love of the language bright, stylish, with each figure of speech perfectly matching the action and emotion of the moment.Three favorite passages pg 209 210 Enemies were always available in all my games of war They were lurking in the bushes, surrounding the house, creeping under the barbed wire across the stand of fir trees at the corner of the woods Enemies could always be conjured up, to fulfill the requirements of life, to offer the opportunity for bravery, heroism, and superiority Without enemies, I was nothing pg 274 He kept looking for the old Batya, the Batya he d dreamed of for the past six year he kept hoping to come upon her in an unprotected moment, picking buttercups by the river or daydreaming in the sun But this Maria didn t care for flowers and didn t daydream She worked, saved money, and scouted the coast for an opportunity, a ledge on which to climb She did not look back but moved forward with a joyless, energetic will It frightened him to see how much she had become like him, how much they had in common He tried to gather all their lost potential, wrap it quickly in a bundle, and present it to her like a bouquet of wildflowers But she was already two steps ahead of him, plucking the petals and making jam, stripping the stalks and building a future pg 316 Perhaps the war had not changed them so much as selected their strengths, reinforced them, and made them rigid My father, white haired and clear eyed, with deep lines carved into his face, had learned to live by trusting no one He would never let his guard down, sacrificing his connection to others for safety And my mother had survived by dancing from one foot to the other, spinning and twirling her way out of danger.What did I learn Perhaps that faith faith in something true, real, powerful, and glorious is important than survival Survival gained by denying faith, forgetting family, sacrificing friendship is perhaps painful than death.I ve also learned, by trying the same tactics as the author, that I cannot become closer to my parents by attempting to reproduce their hardships and sacrifices in my own life It may seem a touching tribute, but in the end it s an insulting trivialization.

  8. says:

    Maybe 3.5 stars.It s tough for me to give an account about survivors of the Holocaust anything less than five stars, but this wasn t a favorite read and at times I found it boring and a bit laborious to get through Still, this was a poignant story of the author s parents survival during the Holocaust after the author discovered her Jewish roots, which her parents had kept secret While it was touching and interesting, the book bounced between characters and time periods, and because her parents maintained a lot of secrecy during her research into their past, some of the story was a bit of fiction conversations that maybe did or didn t happen, descriptions of things or places that the author couldn t have possibly known, etc Add to that a weird mix of strange metaphors interjected here and there that I assume were meant to pretty up the writing , and I found myself annoyed and distracted from the story itself Not the most riveting of writing Still, I commend the author for the effort she put in to understanding her family s past, embracing her background and coming to peace with her parents secret It s not easy to assume that a memoir of your life or your parents will be interesting enough to be published and read, but this author had a remarkable story worth telling.

  9. says:

    magine being raised as Mid western, pseudo religious Catholic, only to learn that your parents are in fact, Polish Jews, and survivors of the Holocaust to boot Imagine that, and you ll have some idea of what Helen Fremont went through.After Long Silence is a memoir in several parts, jumping between Fremont s childhood, where she wondered about her father s experiences in a gulag that left him with a permanently damaged arm, and learned to say Hail Mary in six different languages from her mother as a a means of survival proof of my Catholicism to anyone in a dozen countries , to her experiences as an adult, slowly discovering the truth about her family and her heritage, and even back in time, chronicling the major events of her parents lives as they struggled to stay alive, and ultimate come back together after the devastation of the Second World War.It s a very powerful, very interesting book, and Fremont tells her story well She weaves together different time periods and events in a fairly seamless way, and her depictions of her parent s lives in Poland during the war all ring very true And her own confusion and soul searching at discovering that her parents were not who she thought they were manages to be poignant, without being overbearing.

  10. says:

    Publisher s Description To this day, I don t even know what my mother s real name is Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic It wasn t until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish Holocaust survivors living invented lives Not even their names were their own In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truth.Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth about families about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets.

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