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A World Erased

A Grandson's Search for His Family's Holocaust Secrets
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Noah Lederman
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This moving memoir by the grandson of Holocaust survivors transports readers from Noah’s grandmother’s home in Brooklyn to World War II Poland. Together, they explore the memories—of Auschwitz, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the displaced persons camps—that his family had long buried. Their shared journey illuminates the power of never forgetting.
This poignant memoir by Noah Lederman, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, transports readers from his grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland. In the 1950s, Noah’s grandparents raised their children on Holocaust stories. But because tales of rebellion and death camps gave his father and aunt constant nightmares, in Noah’s adolescence Grandma would only recount the PG version. Noah, however, craved the uncensored truth and always felt one right question away from their pasts. But when Poppy died at the end of the millennium, it seemed the Holocaust stories died with him. In the years that followed, without the love of her life by her side, Grandma could do little more than mourn.

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 gave me a second hero, the ones that resurrected a family, the ones that survived even death. Their shared journey profoundly illuminates the transformative power of never forgetting.
Chapter 1 The Holocaust through Nightmares

Chapter 2 Super Poppy and the Meshugge Grandma

Chapter 3 The Hospital

Chapter 4 Keys to the Holocaust Vault

Chapter 5 Adrift

Chapter 6 Death in the Czech Republic

Chapter 7 The E-mail

Chapter 8 Otwock

Chapter 9 From Night to Dawn

Chapter 10 Peering into the Vault

Chapter 11 The Tapes

Chapter 12 Panama

Chapter 13 Escape from Warsaw

Chapter 14 Revision

Chapter 15 A Box of Photos

Chapter 16 The Four Questions

Chapter 17 Israel

Chapter 18 Research at Yad Vashem
Chapter 19 Poisonous DNA
Chapter 20 The Boy at the Gates of Warsaw
Chapter 21 Lightning Lad
Chapter 22 Escape from Treblinka
Chapter 23 The Liquidation
Chapter 24 Grandmas Determination
Chapter 25 Get Well Soon
Chapter 26 The Bronze Arm
Chapter 27 Bergen-Belsen
Chapter 28 Better and You Better
Chapter 29 Umschlagplatz
Chapter 30 The Mystery Camp
Chapter 31 A Return to the Camps
Chapter 32 Majdanek
Chapter 33 Birkenau
Chapter 34 Auschwitz
Chapter 35 The Buna
Chapter 36 Liberation
Chapter 37 In Search of New Beginnings
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