Author: Miranda Richmond Mouillot
Published: 2015 by Crown Publishers, and imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC
Read: February 2015
Why it Made it to the Top of the Pile: I read the excerpt to my book group as a suggestion, but baulked at the 'and found love' bit, so was charged with reading it first by my fellow Tarts
Categories: Memoir, biography
Full Disclosure: Advance Reading Copy courtesy the publisher and Blogging for Books
Trivia Tidbit: The technique of simultaneous translation was first used at the Nuremberg trials - five translation channels were used. The first channel contained the verbatim transmission of the speaker. The other channels were translations in English, Russian, French, and German.
A Fifty-Year Silence is an interesting exploration of history and memory, and what impact this has on the present and the future. The overwhelming nature of the horrors of the Holocaust became, understandably, the defining feature of many survivors' lives. In an era before the identification of post-traumatic stress disorder, a generation struggled to find meaning in the events that killed so many, caught between relief and guilt at survival.
Miranda Richmond Mouillot's memoir is a personal insight into the impact of luck and tragedy on the lives of others. It is also the story of how she learned to let go of the ghosts of the past, and move forward - a sourrwviver just as Anna predicted.