Season 1, Episode 6
In this episode, presented in collaboration with Lilith magazine, we share excerpts from and explore issues intersecting with a creative non-fiction essay published in Lilith in 1994 titled “How to Hide: Instructions from a Daughter of Survivors.” The work describes how certain perspectives and life behaviors, influenced by their parents' experiences in the Holocaust, show up for the children of survivors.
Karen Propp, the author of the essay, shares her experiences and points of inspiration for the piece, and Dr. Laura Levitt, a professor of religion, Jewish studies and gender at Temple University, takes us through the ways in which our public discourse around the Holocaust evolved while also discussing relationships to historical trauma.
Read the transcription for "How to Hide"
Hosted by Aaron Henne
Edited by Mark McClain Wilson
Featuring the voice of Rebecca Rasmussen
Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.
Transcription by Dylan Southard
"How to Hide" Learning Resources
Articles from Lilith Magazine:
“How to Hide: Instructions from a Daughter of Survivors” by Karen Propp
"She Fought Back – An Interview with Vilna Partisan Vitke Kempner" by Aviva Cantor
"Recovering Memory" by Eva Metzger Brown
"What’s Embedded in Once-Ordinary Objects Brushed by Violence?" by Laura Levitt
Referenced in the episode:
One Generation After by Elie Wiesel
Stranger at Home by Jacob Neusner
We Remember with Reverence and Love by Hasia Diner
theologian Eugene Borowitz
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Shoah Foundation Visual History Archives
The Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
The Generation of Postmemory by Marianne Hirsch
American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust by Laura Levitt
Exercises For Educators:
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Also From Our Artists
To accompany the episode, we invite you to experience a piece of shadow art created by theatre dybbuk artist Leslie K. Gray. “Hidden” is a response to Karen Propp’s “How to Hide: Instructions from a Daughter of Survivors,” and it reflects the themes explored in the essay as well as the experiences of Leslie's own family with the Japanese American Internment. The hands in the artwork are maneuverable; you can see them photographed in three different positions in the gallery below.
Read Leslie's Artist's Statement
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