Julie Salamon is the author of several award-winning books for adults, including Wendy and the Lost Boys, as well as her debut novel for children, Cat in the City. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and more. She lives in Manhattan with her family.
Salamon (The Devil's Candy: "The Bonfire of the Vanities" Goes to Hollywood, LJ 11/15/91), a reporter and film critic for the Wall Street Journal, has written a moving memoir about her parents' experience in the Nazi concentration camps. The memoir begins with Salamon's visit with her mother, Lily, to Poland and the concentration camp re-created by Stephen Spielberg for Schindler's List. When at Auschwitz, Salamon begins to tell the story of her parents' survival, tracing her family history from her parents' childhoods to their eventual arrival in the United States. Salamon offers an excellent account of seeing the Holocaust through her parents' experiences, perceptively illustrating how it affected her own life. The result is interesting and well written, but readers may miss the immediacy of works like Elie Wiesel's classic Night (1958), Ernest Michel's Promises To Keep (LJ 9/15/93), or Rena Kornreich Gelissen's Rena's Promise (LJ 9/15/95), which are written by the survivors themselves. Recommended for larger libraries.‘Mary Salony, West Virginia Northern Community Coll., Wheeling
The author's father, Alexander (Sanyi) Salamon, a Carpathian Czech doctor, was incarcerated in Dachau and survived, but he lost his first wife and their small daughter in the Holocaust. In 1946, Alexander married the author's mother, Lilly (Szimi), a Czech Jew who had survived Auschwitz, where both her parents perished. Julie Salamon (White Lies) begins this poignant family album with an account of the 1993 trip she made with her mother and stepfather to Poland, to the movie set where Steven Spielberg was filming Schindler's List. She interviews Spielberg, tours the concentration camps and tape-records her mother's memories of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. The author's parents moved to New York in 1947, then in 1953 to an Appalachian Ohio village, where she was born and grew up. Her father died of cancer when she was 18. Beneath her girlhood's ``Norman Rockwell trappings'' lay the tragic past her parents hid from her, a past she painstakingly reconstructs in this deeply affecting memoir. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)