We Used to Dream of Freedom - Dundurn

We Used to Dream of Freedom

A Memoir of Family, the Holocaust, and the Stories We Don't Tell

Available Sep 10th 2024

Paperback
$ 26.99

Description

A child of Holocaust survivors grapples with his parents’ untold secrets and their profound effect on the course of his extraordinary life.

Growing up in Toronto, Sam Chaiton and his brothers knew their parents had been prisoners in Bergen-Belsen. But what their parents wouldn’t share about their history — including the fact they had also been in Auschwitz — ended up shaping their children’s lives.

We Used to Dream of Freedom touches on the biggest concerns of our time: what a family is or could be, about the psychology of survivors and the impact of survivor silence, about the responsibility of second generations from traumatized communities to share knowledge drawn from their own histories to help alleviate the suffering of others. Irreverent, moving, and tragic, often all at once, at its heart it is a story of a man who disappeared on his family, his quest to understand why he had to leave, and the long-overdue discovery about his parents that brought him back.

Contributors

Sam Chaiton

Sam Chaiton, the middle son of Holocaust survivors, is one of the Canadians who helped Rubin Carter gain his freedom. Co-author of the international bestseller Lazarus and the Hurricane, he is portrayed in the film The Hurricane by Liev Schreiber. A founder of Innocence Canada, Sam lives with his partner in Toronto.

Book Details

Paperback
September 2024
5.5x8.5 in
288 pp
9781459754683
ePub
September 2024
-
288 pp
9781459754690
ePub
September 2024
-
288 pp
9781459754706