Memories in Focus

Ten-year-old Pinchas is separated from his parents and twin sister when they are deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the killing site of Majdanek. As Pinchas is sent on to a series of concentration camps, he shuts himself off to the terrors surrounding him and tries his best not to be noticed, to become almost invisible. But after liberation, his photographic memory won’t let his past fade away, and Pinchas struggles to deal with nightmares and flashbacks while raising a family and trying to heal his emotional scars. As he journeys from England to France, Israel, Brazil and South Africa, Pinchas searches for belonging before finally finding his true home in Canada. A poignant reflection on suffering, injustice and trauma, Memories in Focus also offers hope and faith in the future.

Introduction by Stephen Smith

En bref
Soulèvement du ghetto de Varsovie
Complexe concentrationnaire de Majdanek
Camp de concentration et de travaux forcés
Marche de la mort
Angleterre d’après-guerre; France; Israël; Brésil; Afrique du Sud
Problèmes de santé mentale
Immigration au Canada en 1985
Offert en format audio
Ressources éducatives disponibles: Pinchas Gutter (anglais)
The Warsaw Ghetto: From Persecution to Resistance

192 pages

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Photo of Pinchas Gutter

À propos de l'auteur

Né le 21 juillet 1932 à Lodz (Pologne), Pinchas Gutter est le seul survivant de sa famille proche. Suite à sa libération en 1945, il a vécu en Grande-Bretagne puis en France, en Israël, au Brésil et en Afrique du Sud avant d’immigrer au Canada en 1985. Il est le premier survivant de l’Holocauste dont le témoignage a été immortalisé de manière interactive, en trois dimensions, dans le cadre du projet Dimensions in Testimony de la Shoah Foundation à USC (Université de Californie du Sud). Pinchas vit aujourd’hui à Toronto.

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I don’t know why I wasn’t afraid. I think my mind just went blank. I had no feelings at all. I had disengaged myself from what was happening around me. It was as if my eyes were cameras and my brain was the screen. I just recorded everything, without emotion or participation.