I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors Stepping through the space blasted open by Art Spiegelman's Maus , the Canada-born Bernice Eisenstein illustrates her slim prose testimony with drawings in a dreamy,… I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors Stepping through the space blasted open by Art Spiegelman's Maus , the Canada-born Bernice Eisenstein illustrates her slim prose testimony with drawings in a dreamy,… 2006-08-17 Nonfiction Riverhead
Book Review

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 17, 2006; Writer: Bernice Eisenstein; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Riverhead

Stepping through the space blasted open by Art Spiegelman's Maus, the Canada-born Bernice Eisenstein illustrates her slim prose testimony with drawings in a dreamy, sad-faced style. Her boldest statement is summarized by the title, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, which sounds like a zombie tale. And, in a terrible way, of course it is. Best is when the author remembers how she used to ''socially trade'' on the shock announcement that ''my parents were in Auschwitz''; less riveting are her murmuring tours of Yiddish words, books, and movies that have shaped her understanding of life as such a marked child.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints