Since I’ve long been interested in books (and to a lesser extent, films) about the Holocaust (also known as the Shoah), I jumped right in when the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) launched an online book/film discussion group. The group was established in late 2011, with the purpose of fostering conversation between members of the GSI community (mainly descendants of Holocaust survivors) on books and films created by members of said community. Every month, discussion alternates between books and films. As the group’s welcome message notes: “This is also an opportunity for members of the Shoah survivor community to speak with those who are just learning about the Holocaust. Educators and students participating might greatly benefit from all our experiences and insights. Book groups from churches or secular organizations may be participating….[A]ll who want to interact and learn are welcome.”
I’ve appreciated the opportunity to ask questions as a reader/viewer. For the month of March, I’m taking on a slightly different role: I’m the featured guest! Although I was asked to participate in this discussion as the author of Quiet Americans: Stories, I’m equally open to discussing all kinds of Holocaust literature, especially literature written by other grandchildren of refugees/survivors (“3G” authors).
I’ll be there all month, so if you want to stop by, please join us! (If you have any difficulty accessing the group, please ask the moderator for assistance.)