A new book by a mother and daughter explores a secret kept hidden during the Holocaust and its effect on survivor’s children.
What’s particularly interesting is that this is a dual-memoir: both the mother and the daughter talk about their lives and the effect the secret had on them throughout the years.
The mother, Rasio Kliot, survived the Holocaust by pretending to be a Christian. She was actually Jewish but kept that fact hidden for many years.
Her daughter, Helen Mitsios, learned the truth about her mother’s religious identity when she was 12.
As you may expect, the revelation sent Mitsios on a journey to find out more about her mother’s life, her daring escape from the Nazis and, naturally, her Judaism.
The mother and daughter seemed to have learned a lot and the result of their collaboration is the new book, “Waltzing With the Enemy: A Mother and Daughter Confront the Aftermath of the Holocaust.”
The book apparently got its title from the dance Kliot once shared with a Nazi officer. Check out this video for more on this new memoir: