In Her Father's Eyes
A Childhood Extinguished by the Holocaust
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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This edition would not have been possible without the generous financial and intellectual support of many individuals and institutions. Special thanks are due to several past and current staff members at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, specifically Michlean Amir, Judy Cohen, Genya Markon, and David Chertudi. Additional recognition...
An Introduction to In Her Father’s Eyes
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To understand why it is valuable to read about the life so painstakingly recorded in In Her Father’s Eyes, it is useful to begin not in the realm of factual history but in the world of fantastic fiction. In his 1983 short story “The Encyclopedia of the Dead,” the late Yugoslav writer Danilo Kiš, whose father...
Note on the Photographs
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All of the photographs and illustrations in this book originally appeared in the notebooks in which Béla Weichherz recorded his daughter’s life. Many he clearly took himself. Amateur photography had become increasingly popular in Central Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, primarily because of the advent of inexpensive hand-held cameras with roll film. Like many...
Notebook 1: March 1929–May 1933 [Includes Image Plates]
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The first symptoms of pregnancy showed up at the beginning of March 1929. The mother had severe bouts of nausea, couldn’t eat anything, and threw up everything she usually enjoyed.1 This state lasted for about eight weeks. Then her normal appetite returned and she regained her strength. After that everything went most advantageously and, aside...
Notebook 2: June 1933–June 1942 [Includes Image Plates]
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Recently she was misbehaving and was supposed to apologize to me. Mama said, “Kitty, don’t be naughty, apologize to Papa” to which she replied, “In a word, I won’t say anything!” Mama then said “Look, Kitty, go to Papa and then the whole matter will be settled.” So she came over and said, “Papa, don’t be angry, and then the whole matter will be settled.”...
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Béla Weichherz’s notebooks end here. There are no known additional texts in his pen. In his final entries, he alludes to the darkest chapter of the history of Jews in Slovakia, even as circumstances gave him no opportunity to document explicitly what happened to his family after the spring...
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About the Editor
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Page Count: 190
Illustrations: 81 photographs
Publication Year: 2008