December 27, 2007
A different attic’s holocaust secrets
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Browning asked Hollander to answer several questions about his father; the most challenging was to figure out how his father reconciled himself to life after the war, when he had lost his family members. Richard Hollander credits his mother (Joseph's second wife), who was born to American parents and had an optimistic attitude about life; she created another world for Joseph and gave him a second life.
In the book, Browning, the Frank Porter Graham professor of History at the University of North Carolina and author of "The Origins of the Final Solution" and "Ordinary Men," writes about German occupation policies; Tec, professor emerita of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and author of "Resilience and Courage," writes abut the wartime situation of the Jews of Cracow.
Richard Hollander now has the letters in a safe, and plans to donate them to an institution so that scholars will have access to them. The letters are annotated by Browning and by Richard's son, Craig Hollander, whose own award-winning essay about the letters, for a history course at Columbia University, helped set this book project in motion. Craig Hollander is now enrolled in a Ph.D. program in American history.
Sandee Brawarsky is book critic for The Jewish Week.
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