March 4, 2022

WHEN TIME STOPPED: A MEMOIR OF MY FATHER’S WAR AND WHAT REMAINS Ariana Neumann

Publication Date:  February 20, 2020

Print Length: 337 pages

Kraus Family Award Winner for Best Autobiography and Memoir at the National Jewish Book Awards

SYNOPSIS

While she was growing up in Venezuela, Ariana Neumann’s Czech father never revealed how he narrowly escaped being sent to a concentration camp during World War II. After her father died, Ariana searched through letters and documents to piece together her family’s story, in the process uncovering her father’s tragic past and coming to know the family members he lost

REVIEWS AND AUTHOR INFORMATION

Morrison, Blake, “When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann Review – an Extraordinary Holocaust Story.” The Guardian, February 20, 2020. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/20/when-time-stopped-by-ariana-neumann-review-holocaust

DaFonseca-Wollheim, Corinna, “A Box of Secrets Led to the Story of Her Father’s Painful Wartime Past.” The New York Times, March 28, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/books/review/when-time-stopped-ariana-neumann.html

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • In what ways are our lives enriched by discovering our family history?

  • Are some memories from the past better forgotten?

  • How are we influenced by our parents’ past?  Can the experience of trauma be passed down across generations?

  • How can we best assemble our own memories for future generations?

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