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Survivors’ Roles

Survivors’ Roles

Regarding “To Kill A Hero,” Back of the Book, Aug. 21): My parents were both Holocaust survivors and I was born in a DP camp in
Italy. I experienced them as abusive
and neglectful and have experienced first-hand the injunction not to say
anything critical about them.

The Jews of Eastern Europe were portrayed as
the Enemy to be destroyed, by Hitler; passive victims by many, including
Jews; cause of shame, after the war.

And then Survivors, then heroes, sacrosanct. 

My concern is, when do they get to be human beings again?


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