Cookbook compiles the stories and recipes of Holocaust survivors.
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- Date Dec 13, 2011
Cookbook compiles the stories and recipes of Holocaust survivors.
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Our next story is about a remarkable effort to collect the recipes.
A holocaust survivors.
Recipes and that they remember as part of their childhood as part of their family.
Roots are traditions and a way for them to connect.
To something very special to them.
And Jane -- is the author of recipes.
Of remembered a celebration of survival and she joins us now with this book -- news on this book.
A very unusual -- indeed.
How are you received when you started contacting people about sharing their.
-- -- with the public well it was truly wonderful they are remarkable community of people and when I'm finding is because -- an aging community.
Many of them are looking at.
This moment as the -- time to.
Share their stories and share their recipes so that we can ensure they have a legacy.
-- they were really very excited to be part of this project why do you think sharing a recipe is.
A great way for them to express themselves and connect.
To a world.
That they are no longer part of not living in the country that they that they -- them well.
I care about you but I know that I associate food -- family gatherings wonderful moments -- great times happy time.
And it was a really.
Wonderful way to bring the survivor community back to a time that they were -- to -- that was in the childhood it was before.
The came through the period of the Holocaust.
And here and they were -- now to the same for their families.
That it continues a lot of survivors must have been very youngest children -- so for them to remember.
What their grandmothers.
-- mothers in -- prepared at the tape to the table -- The -- one would think it may have forgotten after going to such an incredibly.
Unbelievable ordeal like that well I would say that in a number of the cases we didn't have exact recipes which is where I really came in and and a little bit at this -- a little bit of that you know had to be interpreted so that.
I could write a cookbook that you could actually cook from.
But many of the survivors whether they had the exact recipe or not.
And remembered fondly remembered that possible -- you know simmering on the stove.
They remembered that Google's baking for you know for the holiday -- the brisket roasting for passover.
And these of the memories that they conveyed and they did their best to give me exact recipes and when they couldn't.
We kind of -- it what do you decide to come up with this project and YE.
Dean was -- so personal to you to do this as a animals mission of the labor of love well I will go back in time to -- When I worked in my family business and we had half a company -- fights.
And done we sold it and my very YE speaks -- it turns me and said we did well now let's do good.
And it just seemed like -- directive to find something meaningful that.
I could sink my teeth into and feel really good about at that time my family was supportive of the Museum of Jewish Heritage which.
If you have never been down to Battery Park to see this new -- it's just.
-- remarkable institution it stands at the age is lower Manhattan within view of the statue of liberty and Ellis Island.
And it really embraces the philosophy of the new scene.
With honor the past let's illuminate the future it's.
It's -- ref aided and me it felt good to be able to do something that would support that mussina and there.
Affiliate educate and teach tolerance which they do it every day to schoolchildren from.
All over the country who come and visit the museum.
I love to -- has the Dickey -- out of necessity I love to cut.
And down -- tell stories as you can apparently Goodell I can't and I like to write and it just seemed that this book for all of those.
In -- and skills.
And Santa what CNN I was things I would suspect that was you.
Met with individuals to start the starting point may have been talking with the recipes but then that must look to other more deeper conversations.
Because the memories reprise -- flooding -- well absolutely what their families -- life and how they all you know connected to one another what made their family special this must have been very positive experience.
It was they have you know it was so uplifting people think oh my goodness -- writing a book about the Holocaust happened -- so.
It -- been so horrific and so maudlin and so sad and yeah I would say that I left more than I cried.
Because this is a resilient group of people the book is called recipes remembered a celebration.
Of survival we're celebrating the lives that.
This group was able to carry on.
In its heart it's a cookbook.
But in salt it's a story book and every survivor that gave me recipe told this story.
And how they live their lives before during and after the war and doesn't that give us just such hope.
Especially in a time where we feel that you know we're undergoing -- some -- -- -- -- -- inconvenience isn't challenges in our lives.
That a group of people can go through such an unimaginable period of time and come out the other end with a positive attitude.
His attitude is that there might meant by that may fall to what my next questions about what what surprised you the most about this was at that part of that they're resilient.
I think would surprise me is how.
This group of of survivors.
Can accomplish so much with the lives that they -- given him under every circumstance it's -- really Stockton in their tracks.
He picked up the pieces and they moved -- -- And I just think that's an invaluable lesson for all of us to learn arguing in favor -- wouldn't put up on the screen that we can -- with our public I'll tell you -- I I.
I'd love each region in the book is dividing regions because it really the cooking styles Barry so tremendously.
And what's interesting is although people think it's a book of Jewish food it really is very diverse because survivors found themselves.
In Shanghai he -- in the Dominican Republic in the in Milan and -- the recipes really represent or those regions.
This is story in the book about married mayor and she made fabulous food Lindsay parts that she prepared for me when I came to visit chicken -- for costs which is just really delicious.
And her story is remarkable she's a woman who found herself.
On the other side of Budapest during the war working in a home.
Using false identity papers to survive.
And win the war and did.
A tank full of Russian soldiers picked her up on the street.
And she say to them in question is who's very educated.
Take me home.
And they brought her to the edge of the Danube River and when she got there the bridge had been blown out from the war.
And the -- said.
What should we do with you my hand how do we get you home -- -- -- way to get home and -- it really what did you do and without missing feet.
I waited for winter.
And I walked across the frozen Daniel wow -- -- help store bombings convenience when I have to walk across thirty after -- had to take a look.
This woman walked -- cross the frozen Danube.
Do you have to -- as a marinade in settling its its incredible truly teaches us.
What did you come away with from this experience.
As a human being as someone that.
You know probably thought you know -- in Jewish history a -- -- probably knew a lot about the -- anyway.
-- was what did you come away with after spending a year on this project what I came away with it is an attitude.
And it it was it was prevalent among almost all the people I spoke to -- -- the same thing over and over again.
Don't be bitter don't -- -- adversity.
Turn you into -- when you don't want to be.
Be accepting of other people -- hollering to every one.
Learned the lessons of the Holocaust.
And and make sure that we teach these stories.
Not just to Jewish children that's preaching to the choir to some extent.
Teach these lessons to a very broad audience which is why it's so wonderful that you're having me here today.
Well the home business about forgiveness is just amazing to me that I interviewed different survivors in the past and that resonates very strongly.
-- -- -- I'm done with these -- people who are just amazing.
Fact that they can move forward.
-- -- -- Mind -- yeah and it teaches us so much does it not see it it doesn't it it at one of the main lessons I learned from the book and and so many stories tell it.
Is that a Yiddish word -- that they share it BC it is meant to be some things to chance meant to be.
Maybe I was meant to write this book maybe you were meant -- have me on the show today.
The survivors who I spoke to a meant to be the -- is for those who were silence.
And in the book is the story about two women if you have a moment I I would share with you quickly if it's a story that eight -- early.
And does not see a berth since two women going out -- to women who were part of the only uprising every detail about places yes in Alice twit.
They -- gunpowder in the hands of the addresses.
And they created an explosive device had actually blew up -- crematorium.
It's remarkable to him he's -- -- -- trained soldiers.
Years after the war they bumped into each other on in New York City street.
Coming and they became.
One another's families because what Hopkins is.
When you lose your family you make family among strangers we found that with so many holocaust survivor communities.
They -- to -- -- his birth decent party couldn't -- -- save some life cycle events and that's would have it.
One move to California.
And the other remains in New York in years went by and they lost touch again.
And -- granddaughter.
Went to college in Syracuse and she had a -- And her roommate had a boyfriend and her boyfriend had a roommate and they all went on a date.
And they on the Internet connection that turned out that Joseph -- young lady.
Fell in love with -- the roommates.
-- -- -- And they -- together at -- holiday and they began talking about the Holocaust.
She was -- his granddaughter.
He was nineteen screens on my god that's amazing when he's -- grandmother is -- they dated.
One of them lived to see them married.
And night that -- there when they had their children that they had twins and they named one for eight.
And went -- -- CN.
That's they share some meant to be implemented I think that's what recipes -- visible.
Fantastic 010 an amazing amazing journey for you this is so -- -- and thank you so much for sharing it -- I hate saying it anymore wanna know more about it they can certainly go I increase our web site and also if people want you have also your source that I go to June Hearst dot com okay and read more about it.
-- like -- now -- -- her -- I.
FaceBook and -- I go to the Museum of Jewish Heritage and that's it and on the money goes to charity that if every single penny.
Of the almost 101000 books that we sold already go to the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
It's great to see it -- happy holidays to you as they help -- best.