2 2020

OC Jewish Arts Festival: Esther Safran Foer: A Post Holocaust Memoir

Discussion and live zoom Q&A with the author
$10 JCC members, $12 public

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. When Esther learns that her father had a precious wife and daughter who were murdered in the Holocaust, she resolves to find out who they were and how her father survived. Armed with only a photo, a hand drawn map, and a handful of leads she travels to Ukraine to find the shtetl where her father hid during the war. What she finds reshapes her identity and gives her the opportunity to finally mourn, and not just keep the past alive but also imbue the present with life.