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After Long Silence - Helen Fremont

After Long Silence

By Helen Fremont

  • Release Date: 2000-01-11
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 158 Ratings


“Fascinating . . . A tragic saga, but at the same time it often reads like a thriller filled with acts of extraordinary courage, descriptions of dangerous journeys and a series of secret identities.”Chicago Tribune

“To this day, I don't even know what my mother's real name is.”

Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish—Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for more than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truth.

Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story: of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets.

Praise for After Long Silence

“Poignant . . . affecting . . . part detective story, part literary memoir, part imagined past.”The New York Times Book Review

“Riveting . . . painfully authentic . . . a poignant memoir, a labor of love for the parents she never really knew.”The Boston Globe

“Mesmerizing . . . Fremont has accomplished something that seems close to impossible. She has made a fresh and worthy contribution to the vast literature of the Holocaust.”The Washington Post Book World


  • After Long Silence

    By Lynz28
    I could not put this book down. I felt like I was there experiencing these traumatic and incredible events. Helen Fremont told her family's history from beginning to end and how the effects of it trickle down generations. Although her parents and aunt might feel differently, I believe this book was a tribute to their lives and survival. Something that should never be forgotten but only remembered.
  • After Long Silence

    By bonbon369
    Thought it was an excellent read... insightful, real, heart wrenching, courageous, mind expanding about the Holocaust!
  • After LongSilence

    By Gmameme90210
    A wonderful powerful book with deep understanding of how family dynamics control our lives. Beautifully written with gentle love and compassion for difficulties children face when trying to understand their parents... in this case the after effects of WWII and semitism. But it also speaks to every child who struggles to know the parents they never met before they were born. We are shaped not only by our experiences, but theirs as well. It takes great courage to try to understand how we fit into the world.
  • After Long Silence

    By Coolraye
    WWII books are always memorable and I've wondered why people didn't lie more. This story needed to be told--I'm sorry that the two sisters are still in the war.
  • After Long Silence

    By Lynn4648
    Emotional reading.