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Your Eyes Will Be My Window: Essays (Paperback)

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Your Eyes Will Be My Window reclaims the two erasures of Esta Plat. Murdered in Ukraine by Nazi troops in 1942, evidence of the life of Esta Plat was preserved in a bundle of her letters until the letters were tossed into a dumpster and destroyed. Haunted by the inheritance of survivor's guilt and shame in a family that kept no Old World keepsakes except her grandmother's one-sentence memory of Esta Plat, Jodi Varonis compelled to sift through records of Europe's genocidal past.

Pitting grandiose Holocaust memorials against the act of bearing witness, Varon confronts the limitations of history, folklore, archival data, and survivor testimonies. Seeking solace in ritual, she challenges her upbringing as an outlier Jew in the Rocky Mountain West to provide a window to the meaning of cultural displacement in immigrant communities. When an ethnic German woman's corpse was discarded across from Varon's rented flat in Baden-W rttemberg, the homemade memorial for Nadine E. prompts a meditation on violence against women and girls as a weapon of suppression and war. The record of unfiltered emotions among Kindertransport survivors in Europe, journalists in Ludwigsburg, and archivists and guides in Jerusalem, Your Eyes Will Be My Window is a defiant exercise in honoring the lost.

About the Author

JODI VARON is professor emeritus of writing and English at Eastern Oregon University, where she directed the low residency MFA in creative writing and served as editor-in-chief of basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts, EOU's professional literary magazine. She is the author of Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father and her work has been published in the Northwest Review, Boulevard, New Letters, and other publications. She lives in Missoula, Montana. Visit jodivaron.com for more.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780820364667
ISBN-10: 0820364665
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English