How do you live through a trauma that isn’t even your own? How does a child live with the poignancy and sadness of a generation, following him to school, to work, and out into a world that doesn’t understand?
Dr. Mark Henry Kinn grew up both searching for and running from his parents’ tragic past. His mother evaded the Nazis by hiding in the forest, but never forgot her murdered family. His father joined the Russian resistance, but sneaked back into the ghetto. They both joined a secret caravan of Jews escaping from Eastern Europe… and they both struggled to move past the memory of extreme brutality and overwhelming loss.
In “Under The Same Roof” Dr. Kinn sensitively shows the impact of the Holocaust on second-generation survivors. His subtle and intense memoir describes a childhood full of secrets and unexpressed feelings. Though his parents rarely spoke about the Holocaust, “it was there every day, in everything, omnipresent but never acknowledged, never explained.”
“Under The Same Roof” is about the consequences of unimaginable horror. It’s about the struggle to discover a positive identity apart from an all-encompassing legacy of fear, anger, guilt and sadness.
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Dr. Mark Henry Kinn was born in Brooklyn, New York, just five years after the end of WWII. As a child of survivors of the Holocaust, he was raised in the psychological aftermath of brutality and loss. Like many children of survivors, he sought a context for his parents’ horrific experience and the existential threat of the atrocities they survived.