Gene and Ellen Sucov <genellen@...>
Dear David, You raise some provocative questions. I suggest that each of
us will have somewhat different reasons for engaging in this search for our
"roots". For me, the search emerged out of my own need to connect myself
to a real, personal family history. This need emerged after I had finished
focusing on career and family, that is, when I was close to retirement. I'm
sure it was connected with my own desire that I be remembered after I was
gone. So, recovering the chain to my ggparents, formerly lost in their
villages in the Russian pale, and reading and translating the Yizkor Books
from their villages, gave me a personal history which I have shared with mysibs and cousins and their kids.
Underneath the need for a personal history is the need to be connected
to a larger community history. Now that I have read the accounts of the
murder of their neighbors (and very likely of themselves) by the Nazis and
their accomplices, my relation to the Shoah has changed >from generalized
outrage to personal outrage. In this way I have become more connected to
my personal, and consequently, my collective Jewish history. That may
partially explain why we are now living in Israel.
Collective memory is what keep all groups, and especially, Jews
together. For Jews, it used to be religion and its emphasis on collective
memory which bound us together. Today, for most of us that bond is quite
weak. Without it, we are atomized, alone, lonely. The nature of society in
today's Western world encourages this atomicity and aloneness.
Jewishgenners are reacting against that sense of isolation and creating
their own family communities.
David, thank you for haivng posed the question.
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From: David Frey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2000 9:54 AM
Subject: Some thoughts