Hiding Places: A Father and His Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust

by Daniel Asa Rose

Book, 2002



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New York : Three Rivers Press, p2002.


In this bold and innovative memoir, part travel narrative, part spiritual quest, prize-winning author Daniel Asa Rose describes the remarkable journey in which he and his two young sons retraced their relatives' escape from Antwerp during the Second World War and also embraced, with ample amounts of wit and irreverence, the Jewish heritage that had pained and mystified him. In the wake of his divorce, Rose searches for something that will repair the damage done to his splintered family. He and the boys need to be connected to something larger than themselves; they need inoculation against evil. Rose wants to reclaim their roots and plant them deep; to resolve their dislocation so that they might all be, if not at peace, at least "in context." But ultimately, the trip is about finding out why he wants to take the trip, and, as with all important journeys, this is achieved in ways the travelers could not have predicted. As they wind through the Belgian and French countryside in search of the barn lofts and wine cellars where their relatives once hid, Rose presents razor-sharp reminiscences of the hiding places he himself used a… (more)

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LibraryThing member marcfitch
An amazing work of compassion and empathy. The final scene, which occurs at an old concentration camp, is perhaps what all mankind should strive for- compassion for those whom you hate the most, for the most evil of our tendencies.


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