Out of Silence: Repair across Generations


Copyright © 2015 by Martin Beck Matuštik

ISBN-13: 978-0988373211
ISBN-10: 0988373211
LCCN: 2014909735
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

6.69″ x 9.61″ (16.993 x 24.409 cm), Black & White on White paper, Illustrations

Out of Silence: Repair across Generations is the story of one man’s journey through three generations and four continents to find—and heal—a past he didn’t know existed.

In 1997, Martin Beck Matuštík made a dramatic discovery at the age of forty: he was the child of a Holocaust survivor. His mother’s shocking secret came from the most unlikely of places—shoeboxes full of her literary and personal archives. These dramatic revelations changed his life forever and set him on a path to discover his true identity. His research unveiled his mother’s remarkable life—and the truth behind her painful decision to reject her Jewish heritage and keep it hidden from her family.

Out of Silence in images The cup of 1927-1937

Akin to Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948, Matuštík’s Out of Silence is an intensely personal Czech-Slovak-American Jewish journey into the past to understand the present and find hope for the future. Dealing with self-transformation, loss, memory, recovery, and the unsettling reality of living with multiple identities, Matuštík’s exhaustive research and selfless prose offer other children of survivors—and the world at large—a remarkable look inside one man’s endeavor to repair the shattered map of his identity.

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