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  • The Last Letter

  • A Father's Struggle, A Daughter's Quest and the Long Shadow of the Holocaust
  • By: Karen Baum Gordon
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins

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The Last Letter

By: Karen Baum Gordon
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
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Publisher's Summary

Born a German Jew in 1915, Rudy Baum was 86 years old when he sealed the garage door of his Dallas home, turned on the car ignition, and tried to end his life. After confronting her father's attempted suicide, Karen Baum Gordon, Rudy's daughter, began a sincere effort to understand the sequence of events that led her father to that dreadful day in 2002. What she found were hidden scars of generational struggles reaching back to the camps and ghettos of the Third Reich.

In The Last Letter: A Father's Struggle, a Daughter's Quest, and the Long Shadow of the Holocaust, Gordon explores not only her father's life story, but also the stories and events that shaped the lives of her grandparents-two Holocaust victims that Rudy tried in vain to save in the late 1930s and early years of World War II. This investigation of her family's history is grounded in 88 letters written mostly by Julie Baum, Rudy's mother and Karen's grandmother, to Rudy between November 1936 and October 1941. In five parts, Gordon examines pieces of these well-worn, handwritten letters and other archival documents in order to discover what her family experienced during the Nazi period and the psychological impact that reverberated from it in the generations that followed.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 The University of Tennessee Press/Knoxville (P)2021 Tantor
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