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How to Hide

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 6: How to Hide

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 transcript for "How to Hide"


Hosted by Aaron Henne

Scholarship provided by Laura Levitt, PhD and the essay’s author, Karen Propp

Edited by Mark McClain Wilson

Story editing by Aaron Henne with Julie A. Lockhart

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:

Referenced in the episode:

Exercises For Educators:

Watch with captions on YouTube:

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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