A few days ago, a writer contacted me with a question.
I shared with this writer some of my own thoughts, but I emphasized that I was aware that there are a range of opinions about this subject. And I offered to post the question here, hoping that some of you might be willing to share your takes, too.
The writer accepted my invitation.
Here’s the question:
I wrote a short story about an aging Jewish Holocaust survivor who wishes to tell his young grandson about the Holocaust from the point of view of someone who was there. He feels compelled to do so as soon as possible due to failing health. He knows his grandson will hear hateful things about the Holocaust later in his life and he wishes to instill fact and truth before that happens to give the boy courage and knowledge facing adversity. The short story is intended to sympathize with the grandfather (and all survivors). I am not Jewish, but I have spent my entire adult life (I’m 67 now) being appalled by the Holocaust, admiring the strength of the survivors who were able to move on and lamenting those who couldn’t. My question is this: as a non-Jew, if I seek to have this story published, am I misappropriating?
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!