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Maya Lasker-Wallfisch

Letter to Breslau - My Story across Three Generations

with Taylor Downing
(German title: Briefe nach Breslau)
ca. 280 pages
Clothbound
2020
Maya Lasker-Wallfisch

Maya Lasker-Wallfisch

Maya Lasker-Wallfisch lives in London where she works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and educator. She has specialized in working with people whose lives have been impacted by the Holocaust and other displacement trauma.

Taylor Downing is a historian, freelance writer and film producer. He studied History in Cambridge and went on to work at the Imperial War Museum. He is the author of numerous books on historical subjects, his works include Spies in the Sky (2012), The World at War (2012) and 1983–The World at the Brink (2016). His film and TV productions have received numerous prizes.

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Maya grows up in silence. The German past, the Holocaust that her mother survived as a cellist in the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz – nobody talks about these things. And yet, Maya cannot escape the wounds of her parents, a stable life impossible she drifts through 1970s London. The nights too long, drugs, debts, the wrong guys, an escape to Jamaica where she almost dies … In order to survive, she suddenly realizes that she needs to overcome the silence. She starts to write: letters to her grandparents who were murdered by the Nazis, a direct way of setting up a dialogue with her past. Piece by piece her words bring the family together and help her understand that her own future lies in returning to Germany.

This book is a unique exploration of the impact of the Holocaust on three generations of one family. The grandparents were murdered; the parents suffered but survived; Maya in the post-war generation experiences transgenerational trauma and her life unravels. Now she has put it back together she reveals how one’s own history always depends on what happened in the past.