As the narrative of Noah and the flood resurfaces in pop culture, a poetic midrash by Elie Wiesel.
A balloon flies over Eisenmann Memorial in Berlin. (photo: Danny/Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0)
Our household was a heavy one. I always felt the presence of sadness and loss; those emotions were part of everything that took place in our family, including birthdays and personal achievements. I knew where the sadness and sense of loss came from, to an extent, from stories that Aba (my father Yehoshua) told — and from his writings.
Growing up, I did not want to touch those places where the sadness and loss came from. Ouri, my oldest brother, calls these hard to touch places hamekomot harotetim, “the trembling places” inside of us.
"So, you know, these issues of above ground testing, nuclear testing, being a down-winder, a Hibakusha as the Japanese say. They're not abstractions. You know, we live with them every day. The personal becomes political." ~Terry Tempest Williams. A look into the history and heartbreak behind the word "Hibakusha."