Sweet noise : love in wartime / Max Hirshfeld; essays by Michael Berenbaum, Stuart E. Eizenstat.
Sweet Noise: Love in Wartime is a book of photographs and words about the Holocaust, a subject difficult to grasp and almost impossible to document. It is also a story of love in a time of war, told in a clear voice using compelling black-and-white photographs and simple, evocative language to build a framework around this pivotal moment in history. Hirshfeld's parents, Polish Jews who survived Auschwitz, raised him in a small city in Alabama, where life in the South of the 1950s and 1960s was quiet and, on the surface, mostly idyllic. But lurking under the surface was a remarkable yet tension-filled history that fully revealed itself only after he matured and had a family of his own. He knew the outer perimeters of his parent's story: the challenges of being Jewish in a place that increasingly alienated them, their individual trajectories as they moved through adulthood and their chance meeting in a Nazi-created ghetto where they fell in love. But it took a trip to Poland with his mother in 1993 (and the discovery in 2005 of hundreds of post-war letters between his parents) to more fully acquaint me with the depths of their tragedies and the exceptional love story that began in 1943, sustaining them through the war.
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- Bologna : Damiani, 
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