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By Dylan Thomas

In print for 50 years, this gem of lyric prose has enchanted either old and young from its first actual edition.
Dylan Thomas, one of many maximum poets and storytellers of the 20th century, captures a child's-eye view, and an adult's fond thoughts, of a mystical time of provides, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and within the better of situations, newly fallen snow.

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She never told me, but somehow I knew that it contained all that was left of her former life’ (8). As a child, Chapman secretly went through the few letters, photographs, and pieces of jewelry, always aware that these objects symbolized a taboo area of her mother’s life that she was not even supposed to know about. The two women never explicitly speak about the reasons for this silence, but Motherland implies that the secrecy and lack of words is related to Edith’s losing her entire life and family as a child and never managing to verbalize this experience as an adult.

In recent years, due in particular to the omnipresence of mass media, Holocaust memory increasingly has moved beyond national frameworks, so much as to be called ‘cosmopolitan’ (Levy and Sznaider 2006: 10ff), but Second Generation childhoods and youths took place before Holocaust memorialization reached today’s levels and were influenced by different countries’ developments vis-à-vis Introduction 23 the Jewish past and present. An example of this is the less visible form of Jewish life in the United Kingdom as opposed to the United States, which shows, for instance, in parents’ decisions about whether to give their child a non-Jewish name.

It seems as though another family’s heirloom could create a sense of continuity, possibly even a usable past, beyond the ‘rupture’ of the Holocaust in which her parents’ entire families perished. As she mentions repeatedly in this context, her search for an ‘object to bequeath’ is influenced by the surrounding British monoculturalism, in which baptisms (rather than the brit milah, the traditional Jewish circumcision ceremony) bring together the community to celebrate the birth of a child, and in which most families have not experienced the disruption of migration, let alone the destruction of the Holocaust.

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