The Pages In Between

The Pages In Between In a unique intensely moving memoir Erin Einhorn finds the family in Poland who saved her mother from the holocaust But instead of a joyful reunion Erin unearths a dispute that forces her to naviga

  • Title: The Pages In Between
  • Author: Erin Einhorn
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  • Page: 286
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  • In a unique, intensely moving memoir, Erin Einhorn finds the family in Poland who saved her mother from the holocaust But instead of a joyful reunion, Erin unearths a dispute that forces her to navigate the increasingly bitter crossroads between memory and truth To a young newspaper reporter, it was the story of a lifetime a Jewish infant born in the ghetto, saved fromIn a unique, intensely moving memoir, Erin Einhorn finds the family in Poland who saved her mother from the holocaust But instead of a joyful reunion, Erin unearths a dispute that forces her to navigate the increasingly bitter crossroads between memory and truth To a young newspaper reporter, it was the story of a lifetime a Jewish infant born in the ghetto, saved from the Nazis by a Polish family, uprooted to Sweden after the war, repeatedly torn away from the people she knew as family all to take a transatlantic journey with a father she d barely known toward a new life in the United States Who wouldn t want to tell that tale Growing up in suburban Detroit, Erin Einhorn pestered her mother to share details about the tumultuous, wartime childhood she d experienced I was always loved, was all her mother would say, over and over again But, for Erin, that answer simply wasn t satisfactory She boarded a plane to Poland with a singular mission to uncover the truth of what happened to her mother and reunite the two families who once worked together to save a child But when Erin finds Wieslaw Skowronski, the elderly son of the woman who sheltered her mother, she discovers that her search will involve much than just her mother s childhood Sixty years prior, at the end of World War II, Wieslaw Skowronski claimed that Erin s grandfather had offered the Skowronskis his family home in exchange for hiding his daughter But for both families, the details were murky If the promise was real, fulfilling it would be arduous and expensive To unravel the truth and resolve the decades old land dispute, Erin must search through centuries of dusty records and maneuver an outdated, convoluted legal system As she tries to help the Skowronski family, Erin must also confront the heart wrenching circumstances of her family s tragic past while coping with unexpected events in her own life that will alter her mission completely Six decades after two families were brought together by history, Erin is forced to separate the facts from the glimmers of fiction handed down in the stories of her ancestors In this extraordinariy intimate memoir, journalist Erin Einhorn overcomes seemingly insurmountable barriers legal, financial, and emotional only to question her own motives and wonder how far she should go to right the wrongs of the past.

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    • Nitrorockets says:

      I hoped for more. This title was the hook for me and was not as expected. It possibly could have been a shorter book with less details and more focus on the aspects of the title. Very little historical information was provided about the family that hid the author's mother. That may have been a nice addition. Besides the basic property dispute very little was written about the house. What was daily life like? And other questions were never addressed. This book is more about the author's discovery [...]

    • Florinda says:

      Erin Einhorn's mother Irene (born Irena Frydrych) survived World War II as a Jewish child in hiding with a Polish family. Her father lived to be liberated from the concentration camps and claimed her after the war, and they eventually made their way to America via Sweden. Irene always claimed to remember very little of her childhood, but Erin, who grew up to be a journalist, wanted to know more, so she began doing her own research. Almost against her will, her mother becomes interested in what E [...]

    • Elaine says:

      What an unusual "holocaust" book. This one is not the story of a holocaust survivor. Rather, it's the story of her daughter's journey to learn more about her mother's story. Erin moves to Poland for a year to try to learn more about her mother's time during the war, when she was cared for by a Polish woman. She learns that although her grandfather deeded use of the home he had to abandon to his daughter's caretaker, the now-deceased caretaker's family is less than happy with the current situatio [...]

    • Nancy says:

      Journalist Erin Einhorn has always been curious about her mother's story of survival in Poland during WW II as she was taken in by a Polish family after being smuggled out of the Krakow ghetto. Her mother, on the other hand, was not much interested in discussing her past, other than to say she had been loved, both by her Polish foster mother, and then by the Swedish family she lived with temporarily before being reunited with her father and his new wife. Erin sets out for Poland, determined to f [...]

    • Catherine says:

      I first heard Einhorn's story on NPR on This American Life. Einhorn's mother was sheltered by a Polish family during the holocaust. In exchange for saving his infant daughter, Einhorn's grandfather bequeathed the family home. Sixty years later Einhorn travels to Poland to visit the family that took her mother into hiding and who still reside in the same home. So begins the tangled web of Einhorn's journey into deciphering what actually happened. The story is complicated and full of bureaucracy. [...]

    • Relstuart says:

      I felt like this book was a good follow on after reading Neighbors, about the city in Poland where the Polish half the town murdered the Jewish half. The author travels to Poland in search of her mothers roots. To find out what happened when she was hidden as a child by a Polish family. Along the way she talks about how Poles feel about Jews today and how there is a variety of views but mostly positive feeling about the Jews. Nevertheless, feelings of Jews who left Poland, and their families who [...]

    • Ashley Warren says:

      This book was different than I thought it would be, but I actually liked it even more because of that. As a researcher I'm always fascinated by other researchers' processes, and I love when people will stop at nothing to find answers to their questions. Even though there was much left unresolved, I was very invested in Erin's story -- since that's what this book is about. It's about Erin and her quest to learn more about her family and more about her own limits and identity more than it's about [...]

    • Caitlin says:

      Do you remember that story on This American Life about a woman who goes to Poland to find the family that saved her mother during the war? Well this is the book of that story. Her mother was hidden as a baby by a woman in Poland until her father could come get her & take her to the US. She never saw these people or heard from them again. Her daughter is fascinated by the story, & moves to Poland to find them & try to find out what happened to her grandparents & her mother during [...]

    • Kim says:

      The author is much better at imagining what the past may have looked like than she is at explaining the present search for that past. My hope is that now that she has finished her research, she will write a fiction story based on the facts she found, but with the details from her imagination. That is the story I wish to return to.The author's Mother was a toddler during WWII, and as a result remembered little of that time. Her grandparent's didn't provide much more that a rough outline of the pa [...]

    • Jenna says:

      I found this story of a woman's effort to find out the truth about her mother's tale of holocaust survival to be fairly engrossing. It showed how family events that one thinks are confined to the past can end up having real emotional, personal and legal (!) consequences in the present day. The author went looking for answers but only came away with more ambiguity and questions. It was also interesting in that it showed how broad historical events can affect the lives of real people, and that the [...]

    • Coffeeboss says:

      American journalist Erin Einhorn delves into her family history, especially her mother's, and unearths ugly truths about the past and present, all centering around the upheaval during the Holocaust. Initially wanting to trace information about her mother's birth in a Jewish ghetto in WWII Poland, and the family home that was left behind during the war, she encounters a clash of past and present, and various interpretations about what actually happened 60 years earlier. The story itself is very i [...]

    • Tracey says:

      What an overwhelming undertaking of researching family history. Captivating story into how lives collide and bonds are forged in one of history's most horriffic times. Erin Einhorn begins this journey with her mother's reluctant but curious blessing, just into the task, her mother loses her battle to cancer and all stories, truths and questions can no longer be addressed by any living survivors. Erin spends one year in Poland looking for answers, she unearths many details but in spite of it her [...]

    • Kathleen says:

      I enjoyed the book, but came away a bit disappointed, wanting more. There were several different story lines that were each very compelling and had the potential to be absolutely fascinating in themselves. However, the author jumped around from one to the other in an inconsistent, disconnected manner. While personal to me and my own life experience, I especially related to her frustration in trying to separate fact from fiction spun from family lore, age-old prejudice and stereotypes, assumption [...]

    • Sara says:

      A very personal account of the author's exploration of her family heritage. Einhorn moves to Poland for a year to learn about the land of her mother and grandparents, and to meet the family that saved her mother from the holocaust. Sometimes the narrative becomes steeped in a private, personal experience that makes the reader feel slightly voyeuristic, but upon reflection I respect Einhorn for being willing to share on such a deep level. Her research and discoveries were truly amazing, and her f [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      It was really interesting in the beginning, lots of memories forgotten or conveniently shoved to the side to be forgotten. The kids always wanting the stories of your life, one that you thought nothing of and didn't want to share, much less relive. The daughter is a journalist, young, full of herself and wants to fill in the blanks of her mother's life, so she goes to Poland to poke through the cobwebs.What she learns of her mother's country challenges the stereotype of the Polish people and the [...]

    • Tracykate2002 says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling story. Erin Einhorn's (author)mother, Irena was born in a Jewish ghetto in Poland. Her parents were being sent to Auschwitz so Irena's father makes a deal with a Polish woman to care for her in exchange for his property. Erin's goal is to spend a year in Poland and her quest is to find the house and hopefully the family who hid her mother and do right by them in spite of the fact that they only did it for the money. Along the way she explores the strange mode [...]

    • Judith says:

      Found this book on the table of the street sellers on Broadway. I bought it and was struck with the author's path. Truth, fiction, family stories, myths. I loved her description fo ther isolation during her quest, and her conflict with coming to terms with the relatonship of the Poles and the Jews. And as much as I wanted to know more, some information is truly unknowable.Her book expressed love, conflict, beauty, friendship, family, mysteries, and the complexities of each. I can't wait to pass [...]

    • Betsy says:

      It's sort of Holocaust memoir, in the same way Daniel Mendelsohn's "The Lost" is sort of a Holocaust memoir. Both books chronicle the authors' search for an unknown family Holocaust story. In Einhorn's case, she seeks the true story of her mother's rescue by a Polish family during WW2, much of her research done unfortunately after her mother's death. I loved this book, read it in 24 hours. Very easy to read. I recommend, but might require some some background knowledge. Or maybe with my backgrou [...]

    • Leslie says:

      Einhorn's story of tracing her mother's history as a child born during the Holocaust is captivating. Her examination of memory vs. history - as determined from tales told vs. historical documents - is particularly interesting. However, her descriptions of her own thoughts and feelings are somewhat distracting, usualy when they don't relate to her relationship with her mother and her discoveries. All in all, a good book. 3.5 is if it were available! A definite read for Holocaust students, genealo [...]

    • Laura says:

      Picked this up because I'd heard the author's piece on This American Life, which ends inconclusively, and I had to find out what happened. As it turns out, the book also ends (somewhat) inconclusively, but is still a fascinating read. The most interesting parts for me were the author's attempt to untangle memory, family legend, and "fact" as found in the spotty archival record. I didn't always like the author (mainly because of a lie she tells for initially understandable reasons and then mainta [...]

    • Linda says:

      I heard part of this on an archived podcast of This American Life. Einhorn travels to a village in Poland to find the family that saved her mother's life during the holocaust. It begins as a joyful reunion that validates the thrilling story she'd heard over the years, but soon dissolves into questions of memory and truth. Einhorn tries to right a wrong, but first must investigate what really happened between the two families,all while battling years of government bureaucracy. Highly recommended. [...]

    • Kathleen McRae says:

      Erin Einhorn's mother was saved during the Holocaust in Poland by a polish women who hid her for a few years while her father and mother went to the camps.When the war was over her father came for her and they went to Sweden Where she lived with a Jewish family there for several years She eventually emigrated to USA with her father and new stepmother.Her daughter Erin sets out to find some answers, First in Poland and then in Sweden.As always a story is much more than memory and Erin finds that [...]

    • Nancy says:

      I admire Erin Einhorn for going to Poland to live & learn about her family's history. I was personally upset by the actions of the Skowronskis though. I would have liked that family to be more noble, somehow (as I am sure she wanted, as well). I hope everything works out for the best with the house/land claims. My own mother-in-law had similar land issues with her family's home in Estonia but recently got the land back (even though she has no plans of ever living there again). It was quite a [...]

    • Saysha says:

      My initial thought was that it was unevenly written. I wondered if the author received an advance to write a Gilbert-esque personal journey, and then when the bottom of it fell out she still felt obligated to write something. It was a great discussion at book club, though! As a whole we agreed our main frustration was the emotional immaturity and lack of insight on the part of the author. It could have been an amazing story of a mother/daughter relationship. Instead it was a hollow, journalistic [...]

    • Gail says:

      I started out enjoying the book and really got involved in the author's story and her family. The last fifty pages, I almost stopped reading it. I think the author is probably better as a reporter than as a writer. The book is laden with metaphors, which truly annoy me. Plus, there is sloppy editing, especially in the acknowledgements. Two names are spelled incorrectly, one of them being a relative of the author.There are far better written Holocaust stories than this one.

    • Kirsten Dyck says:

      This book is a quick read and a great reminder that sometimes, eyewitnesses don't always remember everything perfectly. Einhorn is honest and at times self-effacing, and even though the prose gets a bit purple at times, it's interesting to see how her picture of her family's history changes from the rosy story she starts with at the beginning of the book.

    • Sue (booknbeachbag) says:

      The fact that the book ends on a sort of unresolved note left me a bit disappointed. But I am so very interested in reading about the life of other children of survivors, and how their parents lives during the Holocaust impacted their own. It's a subject near and dear to my heart. So on that level, I found the book extremely satisfying.

    • Laura says:

      Nothing is more interesting than reading about your own family's history. Especially when you thought you made a great family tree in third grade. I am only disappointed in the presumed stereotype that Jewish people dislike Polish people, which is mentioned multiple times in the book, and is not true.

    • Viktoria says:

      I found the story close to what I'd expect to hear; the mother not wanting to go back in memories as they are likely not that good; and the Polish house inhabitants having little use for the sentiment but a lot of use for money from America if the opportunity offers itself. The book lacks in depth, but makes up for it in education.

    • Anne Roberts says:

      What I liked about this book is that it is REAL. Although it is about the author trying to discover the "truth" about her monther's experience as a young Jewish girl during WWII, it isn't tidy. The backstory never is clean and neat. What I especially liked or at least learned was the discussion about modern day Poland and its dichotomies as it begins to rediscover its Jewish past and identity.

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