Mouth of Truth

By Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

Mouth of Truth
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Mouth of Truth is a gripping account of impossible choices , divided loyalties and unimaginable horrors. Batya Lightenberg , a Canadian wife and mother tries to live a normal life in oblivion of her troubled past while carrying a legacy of guilt and buried secrets inherited partly ... Read more


Overview

Mouth of Truth is a gripping account of impossible choices , divided loyalties and unimaginable horrors. Batya Lightenberg , a Canadian wife and mother tries to live a normal life in oblivion of her troubled past while carrying a legacy of guilt and buried secrets inherited partly from her father, a successful lawyer, turned Jewish policeman in the Warsaw Ghetto. Compelled by a need to unearth the truth about her family, Batya sets out for Eastern Canada, Italy and Poland on a mission of discovery and healing.

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

LILLIAN BORAKS-NEMETZ was born in Warsaw, Poland, where she survived the Holocaust as a child, escaped the Warsaw Ghetto and lived in Polish villages under a false identity. She has a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature and teaches Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of numerous books, including Ghost Children, a collection of poetry, and The Old Brown Suitcase, a multi award-winning young adult novel.

Excerpt

The Mouth of Truth stares at her, challenging. She yearns to touch it now, to feel the marble smoothness of its skin. She moves slowly towards it and stretches out her hand to trace its features like a blind person who wants to discover the face of a loved one, to sense their meaning beyond the face itself. With her eyes closed, she fingers the scar, the crack, the eyes' hollows, and the outline of the lipless mouth into which her hand has suddenly slipped.

Reviews

Mouth of Truth is a work of great insight and fine delicacy about the human condition, all the while paying particular attention to how men and women and children deal with the trauma of suffering, dislocation, and death.

John Robert Colombo, Author

Mouth of Truth represents an important contribution to the field and engages—with such eloquence, insight and sensitivity—with timely questions related to Holocaust memory, the transmission of trauma across generations, and the complexity of roles and responsibilities in a moral universe upended.

Nina Krieger, Executive Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

In many ways, Mouth of Truth: Buried Secrets by Lillian Boraks- Nemetz, is ground-breaking. As a child survivor of the Holocaust, Lillian experienced the confusion and pain of a world that made no sense. Though she survived, she was deeply impacted. .. Lillian’s book contributes greatly to understanding the efforts of a person working through the consequences of trauma.

Gerry Chidiac, Award winning teacher of Genocide in Prince George, BC

A profoundly sad and deeply moving story. ..very engaging and extremely well written.

Graeme J. Taylor, University of Toronto

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