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Epistolophilia : writing the life of Ona Šimaitė /
Julija Šukys.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2012.
description
xiii, 217 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0803236328 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780803236325 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2012.
isbn
0803236328 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780803236325 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Pt. 1. The Woman in the Park -- Vilnius -- Correspondence -- Ona Simaite's Letters to Marijona Čilvinaitę, 1957-1958 -- Caregiving and Letters -- pt. 2. A Childhood Tale -- Russian Letters -- Everyday Writings -- pt. 3. Ghetto -- Mowszowicz -- Letters to Kazys Jakubėnas, 1941-1943 -- Destruction of the Ghetto -- pt. 4. Kazys -- Kazys's Death -- Alfonsas's Theory -- pt. 5. Catholicism, Sex, and Sin -- Mothering -- pt. 6. Ludelange -- Freedom -- Toulouse -- Letters to New York -- La Courtine -- pt. 7. The Ghetto Library -- Librarians -- Writing a Woman's Life -- pt. 8. Alduta -- Family Letters -- Soviet Schizophrenia -- Death in Vilnius -- Paris 1968 -- Single and Crazy -- pt. 9. Cormeilles -- October.
catalogue key
8318154
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-217).
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Review Quotes
"A mosaic of simaite's life, Epistolophilia enables readers to create a three-dimensional person with the little information available."Melanie Grondin, Montreal Review of Books
"An intelligent, humane, and noble book that rescues from obscurity an intelligent, humane, and noble woman. It stands as a testament to the power of reading, writing, compassion, and extraordinary courage."David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World
"An intelligent, humane, and noble book that rescues from obscurity an intelligent, humane, and noble woman. It stands as a testament to the power of reading, writing, compassion, and extraordinary courage." David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World "With this searching, nuanced biography, Julijaukys introduces the English-speaking world to a genuine heroine of the Holocaust, while at the same time raising vital questions about the role of trauma, poverty, and ill health on women's literary production." Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays "This is an important new take on the legacy of the Holocaust. Eloquent and elegantly written, it reads like a Sebald text but with a voice profoundly its own." Laura Levitt, professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender at Temple University
"An intelligent, humane, and noble book that rescues from obscurity an intelligent, humane, and noble woman. It stands as a testament to the power of reading, writing, compassion, and extraordinary courage." David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World."With this searching, nuanced biography, Julijaukys introduces the English-speaking world to a genuine heroine of the Holocaust, while at the same time raising vital questions about the role of trauma, poverty, and ill health on women's literary production." Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays."This is an important new take on the legacy of the Holocaust. Eloquent and elegantly written, it reads like a Sebald text but with a voice profoundly its own." Laura Levitt, professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender at Temple University.
"A startling paradox that while Simaite died at 76 before completing her memoirs, Sukys is able to capture Simaite's story while successfully writing an unexpected memoir of her own."Meredith Wood Bahuriak, PLOP! Review
" Epistolophilia is not a typical biography, and simaite was not a typical World War II hero. For readers looking for an unconventional account of the World War II and post-war eras, as well as those interested in women''s life writing, Epistolophilia is a nuanced and compelling work." ForeWord Reviews
"Sukys draws liberally from thousands of pages of correspondence and numerous diaries to create a portrait of a deeply thoughtful woman trying to make sense of history and her own life by putting it all to paper. Also of Lithuanian descent, Sukys's own meditations on the power of letters and writing make this a powerful testament to the confluence of history and individual lives and passions." Publishers Weekly
"Sukys is to be commended for providing us with this testament and story of a little known hero. . . . The writing is done with care and precision bringing to life a woman who we might have otherwise overlooked." Jerusalem Post
"Sukys is to be commended for providing us with this testament and story of a little known hero, who might otherwise have been overlooked."Abe Novick, Baltimore Jewish Times
"This is an important new take on the legacy of the Holocaust. Eloquent and elegantly written, it reads like a Sebald text but with a voice profoundly its own."Laura Levitt, professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender at Temple University
"With this searching, nuanced biography, Julija sukys introduces the English-speaking world to a genuine heroine of the Holocaust, while at the same time raising vital questions about the role of trauma, poverty, and ill health on women's literary production."Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays
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Summaries
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Ona Simaite is invisible to most, though during the Second World War she slipped into the Jewish ghetto of Germn-occupied Vilnius to carry food, medicine and counterfeit documents to its prisoners. Here, the author follows the letters and journals - 'the life-writing' - of Ona Simaite (1894-1970).
Main Description
The librarian walks the streets of her beloved Paris. An old lady with a limp and an accent, she is invisible to most. Certainly no one recognizes her as the warrior and revolutionary she was when again and again she slipped into the Jewish ghetto of German-occupied Vilnius to carry food, clothes, medicine, money, and counterfeit documents to its prisoners. Often she left with letters to deliver, manuscripts to hide, and even sedated children swathed in sacks. In 1944 she was captured by the Gestapo, tortured for twelve days, and deported to Dachau.Through "Epistolophilia", Julija Å ukys follows the letters and journals "the life-writing" - of this woman, Ona Å imaite (1894 - 1970). A treasurer of words, carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of her life, including thousands of letters, scores of diaries, articles, and press clippings. Journeying through these words, Å ukys negotiates with the ghost of beckoning back to life this quiet and worldly heroine a giant of Holocaust history (one of Yad Vashem's honoured "Righteous Among the Nations") and yet so little known. The result is at once a mediated self-portrait and a measured perspective on a remarkable life. It reveals the meaning of life-writing, how women write their lives publicly and privately, and how their words attach them and to life.
Main Description
The librarian walks the streets of her beloved Paris. An old lady with a limp and an accent, she is invisible to most. Certainly no one recognizes her as the warrior and revolutionary she was, when again and again she slipped into the Jewish ghetto of German-occupied Vilnius to carry food, clothes, medicine, money, and counterfeit documents to its prisoners. Often she left with letters to deliver, manuscripts to hide, and even sedated children swathed in sacks. In 1944 she was captured by the Gestapo, tortured for twelve days, and deported to Dachau. Through Epistolophilia , Julija sukys follows the letters and journalsthe "life-writing"of this woman, Ona simaite (18941970). A treasurer of words, simaite carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of her life, including thousands of letters, scores of diaries, articles, and press clippings. Journeying through these words, sukys negotiates with the ghost of simaite, beckoning back to life this quiet and worldly heroinea giant of Holocaust history (one of Yad Vashem's honored "Righteous Among the Nations") and yet so little known. The result is at once a mediated self-portrait and a measured perspective on a remarkable life. It reveals the meaning of life-writing, how women write their lives publicly and privately, and how their words attach themand usto life.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note on Place Namesp. xiii
The Woman in the Parkp. 3
Vilniusp. 10
Correspondencep. 16
Ona ¿imaite's Letters to Marijona Cilvinaite, 1957-1958p. 23
Caregiving and Lettersp. 29
A Childhood Talep. 43
Russian Lettersp. 471
Everyday Writingsp. 53
Ghettop. 61
Mowszowiczp. 69
Letters to Kazys Jakubenas, 1941-1943p. 79
Destruction of the Ghettop. 88
Kazysp. 95
Kazys's Deathp. 101
Alfonsas's Theoryp. 107
Catholicism, Sex, and Sinp. 111
Motheringp. 119
Ludelangep. 127
Freedomp. 130
Toulousep. 135
Letters to New Yorkp. 141
La Courtinep. 149
The Ghetto Libraryp. 155
Librariansp. 163
Writing a Woman's Lifep. 165
Aldutep. 171
Family Lettersp. 176
Soviet Schizophreniap. 180
Death in Vilniusp. 186
Paris 1968p. 195
Single and Crazyp. 199
Cormeillesp. 205
Octoberp. 208
Notesp. 209
Works Citedp. 213
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