Growing up With the Holocaust

Book - 2015 | First New Press edition
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A woman describes her mother's heroic survival during the Holocaust, a woman who, as a teenager, was a close friend of Anne Frank's family and who ultimately fled to Belgium to work with the Resistance after her parents were arrested in 1943.

Perseus Publishing
“I am the child of a woman who survived the Holocaust not by the skin of her teeth but heroically,” writes Rita Goldberg. In a deeply moving second-generation Holocaust memoir, Goldberg introduces the extraordinary story of Hilde Jacobsthal, a close friend of Anne Frank’s family who was fifteen when the Nazis invaded Holland. After the arrest of her parents in 1943, Hilde fled to Belgium, living out the war years in an extraordinary set of circumstances—among the Resistance and at Bergen-Belsen after its liberation—that the Guardian newspaper judged “worthy of a film script.”

As astonishing as Hilde’s story is, Rita herself emerges as the central, fascinating character in this utterly unique account. Proud of her mother and yet struggling to forge an identity in the shadow of such heroic accomplishments (in a family setting that included close relationships with the iconic Frank family), Rita Goldberg reveals a little-explored aspect of Holocaust survival: the often-wrenching family and interpersonal struggles of the children and grandchildren whose own lives are haunted by historic tragedy.

Motherland is the culmination of a lifetime of reflection and a decade of research. It is an epic story of survival, adventure, and new life.

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When Goldberg’s 18-year-old mother, Hilde Jacobsthal, returned home after checking out a safe house outside of Amsterdam on July 24, 1943, her parents had already been taken by the Nazis. Hilde then embarked on an incredible life in the Resistance, and found herself at war’s end sorting the living from the dead at Bergen-Belsen. Goldberg recounts Hilde’s heroic life as well as illuminating the complexities of living in the shadow of her storied mother and the Holocaust. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2015
Edition: First New Press edition
ISBN: 9781620970737
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 GOLDBERG
Characteristics: xii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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