Emanuel Rosen, author of If Anyone Calls, Tell Them I Died, and Noah Lederman, author of A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets, both reflect on the Holocaust in their writings as descendants of Holocaust survivors. They each explore how losses suffered by one generation, and the holes left by the unknown past and searched for by the second and third generations, have a continued presence in and impact on family life.
The third segment in the Museum’s series about the writing of descendants of Holocaust survivors will host both authors who will discuss the long reach of trauma and their works. Moderated by Dr. Irit Felsen.
Irit Felsen, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the effects of trauma and traumatic loss, and the intergenerational transmission of both trauma and resiliencies in families of Holocaust survivors. Dr. Felsen is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and at Yeshiva University in New York City, co-chair of the Trauma Working Group in the NGO on Mental Health in the United Nations, and chair of the Older Adults Work Group in the Interdivision APA COVID-19 Task Force. She maintains a private practice in Englewood, New Jersey. Dr. Felsen’s research papers and book chapters have been published in peer reviewed publications. In addition, Dr. Felsen’s art has been featured in art exhibitions in Hamburg, London, and New Jersey.
Emanuel Rosen was born in 1953 in Tel Aviv. After a career as an award-winning copywriter in Israel, and after graduating with an MBA from the University of San Francisco, he joined Niles Software in Berkeley, California, where he served as vice president of Marketing for ten years. His first book, The Anatomy of Buzz was a national bestseller and was translated into twelve languages. His book, Absolute Value (co-authored with Standford professor Itamar Simonson) won the 2016 American Marketing Association Best Book Award. His book If Anyone Calls, Tell Them I Died is his fourth book and is now available in English, German, and Hebrew.
Noah Lederman is the author of the memoir, A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets. The Philadelphia Inquirer selected the memoir as one of the best books of the year and Booklist called A World Erased “a vital contribution to the Holocaust collections.” His writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Outside Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book about his great-uncle who fought in the Spanish Civil War as a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.