Waltzing With the Enemy by Rasia Kliot and Helen Mitsios
A Mother and Daughter Confront the Aftermath of the Holocaust

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Filled with insight and humor, this dual memoir by Rasia, born in Vilnius, Lithuania (who survived the Holocaust on a false identity), and her daughter Helen, born in Montreal, Canada, examines the long-term implications of being a survivor of the Holocaust and the unique pressures and anxieties the children of survivors inherit from their parents. Rasia, determined to protect Helen from anti-Semitism, continues to pose as a Christian and raises her daughter in the Catholic faith, forbidding her from mentioning her Jewish identity. This compassionate memoir addresses the unspoken tension that complicated a mother-daughter relationship, follows Helen on her journey to embrace Judaism, and is a heart-stopping story of escape and survival from Nazi terror.
 

About Rasia Kliot and Helen Mitsios

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Rasia Kliot is a volunteer at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. She lives in New York City and Montreal. Helen Mitsios is the editor of Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan and New Japanese Voices: The Best Contemporary Fiction from Japan. She has contributed to publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post Book World.
 
Published June 1, 2011 by Urim Publications. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Parenting & Relationships.

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Mitsios (Digital editor; Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan) and her mother, Kliot, deliver a dual memoir documenting how past tragedies reverberate through the

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“While Waltzing with the Enemy contains an historic and personal account of life during the Holocaust, it also delves into the lasting repercussions such tragedies provoke in future relationships.”.

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“While Waltzing with the Enemy contains an historic and personal account of life during the Holocaust, it also delves into the lasting repercussions such tragedies provoke in future relationships.”

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