In Memory s Kitchen A Legacy from the Women of Terezin The sheets of paper are as brittle as fallen leaves the faltering handwriting changes from page to page the words a faded brown are almost indecipherable The page are filled with recipes Each is a m

  • Title: In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin
  • Author: Cara De Silva
  • ISBN: 9781568219028
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The sheets of paper are as brittle as fallen leaves the faltering handwriting changes from page to page the words, a faded brown, are almost indecipherable The page are filled with recipes Each is a memory, a fantasy, a hope for the future Written by undernourished and starving women in the Czechoslovakian ghetto concentration camp of Terezin also known as TheresiensThe sheets of paper are as brittle as fallen leaves the faltering handwriting changes from page to page the words, a faded brown, are almost indecipherable The page are filled with recipes Each is a memory, a fantasy, a hope for the future Written by undernourished and starving women in the Czechoslovakian ghetto concentration camp of Terezin also known as Theresienstadt , the recipes give instructions for making beloved dishes in the rich, robust Czech tradition Sometimes steps or ingredients are missing, the gaps a painful illustration of the condition and situation in which the authors lived Reprinting the contents of the original hand sewn copybook, In Memory s Kitchen A Legacy from the Women of Terezin is a beautiful memorial to the brave women who defied Hitler by preserving a part of their heritage and a part of themselves Despite the harsh conditions in the Nazis model ghetto which in reality was a way station to Auschwitz and other death camps cultural, intellectual, and artistic life did exist within the walls of the ghetto Like the heart breaking book I never saw another butterfly which contains the poetry and drawings of the children of Terezin, the handwritten cookbook is proof that the Nazis could not break the spirit of the Jewish people.

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    1. In the book Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote, Janet Theophano wrote about In Memory’s Kitchen: “A group of Jewish women who were inmates in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia dreamed of home and family and a way of life that was being extinguished. The women wrote their memories of food into a cookbook that took over fifty years to reach publication in 1996.”While starving and facing death, these women wrote their memories of food. W [...]

    2. While the Introduction to this book is quite interesting, the rest of the book consists of recipes. Despite reviews indicating this fact, I thought there would be a prose commentary or explanation to make up a full book. But, it is simply recipes. It is an interesting concept but would make a better PhD thesis then it does a book.

    3. This book is almost entirely a publication of a handwritten recipe book from the 'model' Nazi camp, Terezin. Its interest is chiefly as a historical document. I was expecting a book that dealt more directly with the lived experiences of the women in Terezin, so unfortunately I was disappointed.

    4. Food reveals much about people and their lives. And such was also the case for those who lived during the horrors of the Holocaust. Included are recipes and memories of Jewish women who lived during the Holocaust.

    5. Can't say I "enjoyed it" but the horror and amazement I felt that a cookbook was made by these women in death camps is beyond description. I am awed to know the story.

    6. This is a cookbook created by the women housed in terezin - a concentration camp outside Prague. The cookbook made its way to Mina's daughter in 1970. In addition to the recipes, which are revealing on their own, some of Mina's poetry that she wrote in the camp is included. Reading the recipes, which include adjustments for rations, and many classic ashkenazi Jewish dishes, was very moving

    7. This book is of special interest for Women’s Heritage Month, and in reference to the exhibit at Central Library, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.The subject matter of this book does not directly or completely address Nazi propaganda, but does so partially and in an oblique way.The setting was Terezin, a concentration camp which also was a transit center, with one section created as "a paradise ghetto" for propaganda, and at the very end as a death factory. From its beginning i [...]

    8. So heart-wrenching to know that humans can inflict this kind of torment and suffering on each other, and what victims of the concentration camps would do to maintain their sanity and some sense of normalcy. Don't read this book hoping for thorough recipes for hard-times, that's not what this was about. This book provides insight into what holocaust victims were thinking about in regards to their food-ways (and, in the poetry in the book, in regards to the people and circumstances around them) an [...]

    9. This book is a memoir told in recipes. I know that nothing I say here will do this book justice. This quote from the book's foreward by Dorothy Wagner explains: "Their thoughts were inevitably and ceaselessly focused on food. Discussion of its preparation and the heated arguments concerning the superiority of one method over another served as more than an anodyne for their tortured nerves. It strengthened their resolution to survive, if only because it made more vivid, not what they sought to es [...]

    10. This is a beautiful compilation of recipes that carried women through the most horrible of conditions, that gave them hope, hope that someday their memories would be their reality again. It's ever so much more than recipes though, there's commentary from family and the director of the US Holocaust Research Institute, there are witty poemsd there are omissions, an egg left out or a whole step, which lend poignancy, a reminder of the conditions these recipes were recorded under. It's a beautiful b [...]

    11. This book is beautifully put together with an informative preface and introduction, providing the perfect context for the recipes. The recipes themselves are haunting. Reading them feels to me like reading the Diary of Anne Frank-- the terrible juxtaposition of the every-day with the dire. I also find myself thinking of my great-grandmother's eastern European cooking and of the incredible art of homemaking in old Europe. Perhaps I will learn to make strudel in honor of Mina Pachter and the other [...]

    12. A cookbook for reading rather than for following recipes. It's sad to contemplate the suffering of the people in Terezin, but so good to learn that they had lived. The women's act of preserving their beloved recipes made me feel a bond of humanity with them.

    13. wow! amazing story about the strength of women held captive, and of how a few scaraps of paper made a trip across the globe into their rightful ancestor's hands. A cookbook? But, nor for cooking.

    14. This book is a marvelous intertwining of historical narratives and recipes from the Czech and Slovak Jews (and others) who were interred in the camp during World War II.

    15. Nothing like I have ever read-more novel than cookbook, more history of a very personal nature during a very horrific time. Unique and heartwrenching

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