Some of you may know–especially if you’ve glanced at the sidebar–that this February, Rowman & Littlefield will be publishing my memoir, A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets.
Here’s what people are saying about the book, (those people being my publisher… reviews are on their way):
This moving memoir by the grandson of Holocaust survivors transports readers from Noah Lederman’s grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland. In the 1950s, Noah’s grandparents raised their children on Holocaust stories, but in Noah’s adolescence, Grandma would only recount the PG-version. After college, Noah, a travel writer, roamed the world for fifteen months with just one rule: avoid Poland. A few missteps in Europe, however, landed him in his grandparents’ country. When he returned home, he cautiously told Grandma about his time in Warsaw, fearing that the past would bring up memories too painful for her to relive. But instead, remembering the Holocaust unexpectedly rejuvenated her, ending five years of mourning her husband. Together, they explored the memories—of Auschwitz and a half dozen other camps, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the displaced persons camps—that his grandmother had buried for decades. And the woman he had playfully mocked as a child became his hero.
I was left with the stories—the ones that had been hidden, the ones that offered catharsis, the ones that resurrected a family, the ones that survived even death.
Their shared journey profoundly illuminates the transformative power of never forgetting.
This memoir has taken nearly a decade to complete. While many of my discoveries happened at Grandma’s kitchen table, where she revealed the tragedies of her past, many other stories were learned on the streets of Poland, inside the haunting crematoriums across Europe, beside walls in Israel, and even in the waves of Panama and outdoor cafes of Nicaragua. So for those of you who read this blog for the travel stories, I assure you the memoir is filled with numerous around-the-world discoveries as I attempt to learn my grandparents’ stories of rebellion in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, of struggle to survive a combined seven different concentration camps, and of libration and life inside a displaced persons camp. But of course, as a memoir, it’s a book about a far greater journey: to gain access to that piece of personal history that nearly disappeared.
If you’re interested in the story, you can pre-order a copy now.
After the book comes out, I will be traveling to promote the memoir and speaking at events around the country and globe. So check my author’s website in 2017 to see when I’ll be in your area. (Feel free to send me a message if you’d like to recommend that I speak at a venue in your town.) And if you happen to have a book club, keep the story in mind, as I’d be interested in joining the discussion either in person or via Skype. There are more details about how I’ll join book clubs here. Thanks again for everyone’s support.