The Georgetown Public Library is hosting an author talk and book signing for “Pillar of Salt: A Daughter’s Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust” by author Anna Salton Eisen and coauthored with her son, Aaron Eisen. This free event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Hewlett Room of the library, 402 W. Eighth St.
This author visit is being sponsored by Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City, in honor of Yom Hashoah, which is the Holocaust Day of Remembrance.
“Pillar of Salt” is the examination of the generational trauma Holocaust survivors and their families deal with. Salton Eisen’s father did not disclose his survival of concentration camps until she was well into adulthood. In the book, she recounts her legacy as a child of Holocaust survivors and how that suffering is passed down.
Salton Eisen has conducted extensive research into the Holocaust and its effect on survivors and the children of survivors. The children of Holocaust survivors are collectively referred to as “second generation.” Their parents’ entire world was destroyed; they had to begin anew, but they suffered the memories in silence. As the survivors have aged, the responsibility to bear witness must be passed down to their children and their children’s children.
Following the presentation, Lark and Owl Booksellers will have books available for purchase and signing.