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Miracles Through Hell: A True Story of Holocaust Survival and Intergenerational Healing by Jerry M. Elman is a well-researched historical nonfiction book. It contains the true stories of the Holocaust survivors, their traumas, the absolute hell they faced, and the countless miracles that kept them alive. Jerry M. Elman is the child of two Holocaust survivors. He has lived most of his life not knowing his parents' stories as they (like most Holocaust survivors) lived by a "code of silence." His parents never talked about their past because they couldn't let their children know about the horrors of their survival. Thus, most children did not understand their parents' emotional baggage, but they inherited a legacy of trauma transmitted through silence and guilt. In this book, Jerry presents the horrors of the Holocaust and its traumatic consequences.
I've read many books about the Holocaust, but none about the emotional and psychological struggles of the children of Holocaust survivors. Jerry M. Elman's story deeply moved me, and I'm grateful that I had the chance to read his first book, Miracles Through Hell. It's unique and remarkable as it contains details of the emotional scars of Holocaust survivors that were unknowingly passed on to their children. Elman is one of the few who exposes his battle with depression triggered by not knowing the atrocities his parents experienced during the Holocaust. He reminds us that history can repeat itself as the rise of antisemitism, racism, and hatred of immigrants are now becoming new norms, and there are people who still deny the Holocaust. Miracles Through Hell by Jerry M. Elman is an important must-read for us all.