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Adam Frankel’s Bubbie and Zayde, his mother’s parents, were Holocaust survivors—a fact he’s lived with his entire life. But they were more than that, too. Zayde was a watchmaker named Abraham Perecman, infamous in New Haven for his rigor and integrity. He was also, at one point, Gershon Gubersky—a Jew from a small village in eastern Europe. Bubbie was his constant... more
Adam Frankel’s Bubbie and Zayde, his mother’s parents, were Holocaust survivors—a fact he’s lived with his entire life. But they were more than that, too. Zayde was a watchmaker named Abraham Perecman, infamous in New Haven for his rigor and integrity. He was also, at one point, Gershon Gubersky—a Jew from a small village in eastern Europe. Bubbie was his constant companion, the only other person in his life to know what it was like to be hunted by German soldiers. Together they made a new life, with new names, in America. And tried to leave the painful memories behind.
Try as his grandparents did to keep their past from intruding upon their new American life, a story so powerful crosses generational lines—a fact most apparent in the mental health of Adam’s mother. And when Adam sits down with her to examine their family history up close, he discovers something about himself that he can’t run from, another inherited family secret: his dad is not his biological father. He is only half who he thought he was. And so, in telling the story of familial trauma, Adam shored up a whole new identity for himself, one he needed to confront if he wanted to understand how to build a legacy for his own young family.
By turns speaking and not-speaking with his mother, Adam discovers that the traumas that are handed down to us can take different forms, but while the nature of our families’ traumas may vary, each of us has, in a sense, the same choice to make. We can turn away from what we’ve inherited—or, we can confront it, in the hopes of conquering that trauma—or at least, moving on. The Survivors is Adam’s attempt at just that. And when the insidiousness of toxic family secrets comes to bear on his life at present, he must ask: Who is he, if not his father’s son? If not part of a rich legacy of writers? Does it matter? What will he pass to his own children? The stories here are about unwinding how that happens, and how we might use our past to inform our present and future generations without inflicting the same pain upon them. less
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