In Memory’s Kitchen a Legacy from the Women of Terezin
A cook book review of how the Women of Terezin kept their heritage alive through memories of food and recipes.
The sheets of paper are as brittle as fallen leaves; the faltering handwriting changes from page to page. The pages are filled with recipes. Each is a memory, a fantasy, a hope for the future. Written by undernourished and starving women in the concentration camp of Terezín, the recipes give instructions for making beloved dishes in the rich, robust Czech tradition. Sometimes steps or ingredients are missing, the gaps a painful illustration of the condition in which the authors lived. Reprinting the contents of the original hand-sewn copybook, is a beautiful memorial to the brave women who defied Hitler by preserving a part of their heritage and a part of themselves the handwritten cookbook is proof that the Nazis could not break the spirit of the Jewish people.
Discussion led by Cantor Sacks.
RSVP appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org