Troubled Memory

Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana, 2nd Ed.

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Lawrence N. Powell
  • Durham, NC: 
    University of North Carolina Press
    , February
     2019.
     624 pages.
     $27.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781469651866.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

This powerful book tells the story of Anne Skorecki Levy, a Holocaust survivor who transformed the horrors of her childhood into a passionate mission to defeat the political menace of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The first book to connect the prewar and wartime experiences of Jewish survivors to the lives they subsequently made for themselves in the United States, Troubled Memory is also a dramatic testament to how the experiences of survivors as new Americans spurred their willingness to bear witness. Perhaps the only family to survive the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto as a group, the Skoreckis evaded deportation to Treblinka by posing as Aryans. The family eventually made their way to New Orleans, where they became part of a vibrant Jewish community. Lawrence Powell traces their dramatic odyssey and explores the events that eventually triggered Anne Skorecki Levy's brave decision to honor the suffering of the past by confronting the recurring specter of racist hatred.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Lawrence N. Powell is Professor Emeritus of History at Tulane University and a Founding Member of the Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism.

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