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Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana, and Kitra Cahana in Context

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Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival

The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana, and Kitra Cahana in Context

Edited by Ori Z. Soltes
Foreword by Rachel Stern

176 pages, 65 color illus., 15 b/w illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-081-6 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Not Yet Published (December 2020)

ISBN  978-1-80073-095-3 $39.95/£31.95 Pb Not Yet Published (December 2020)

eISBN 978-1-80073-082-3 eBook Not Yet Published

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Published in association with the Fritz Ascher Society


The idea of survival is a recurrent theme in discussions both of family and of art. Whether understood in physical, mental, or spiritual terms, it is inextricable from the most basic questions of human existence, encompassing the ways in which individual experience can persist after death. Questions of survival and immortality are thus central for understanding the artistically expansive family at the center of this volume: Alice Lok Cahana, a Holocaust survivor and painter; her son Rabbi Ronnie Cahana, a writer and stroke survivor; and his daughter Kitra Cahana, a photographer who embeds herself in communities in order to tell their stories. Complemented with fascinating essays that provide powerful insights into memory and trauma, this beautifully illustrated book interweaves powerful accounts of these three artists with a complex story of human experience, legacy, and meaning.

Ori Z. Soltes is Professor of the Teaching of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University and and is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. He is a well-published art historian, theologian, and scholar of Judaism and the Holocaust.

Subject: Jewish Studies Memory Studies Cultural Studies (General)


Ori Z. Soltes


Rachel Stern

Ori Z. Soltes

Larry R. Squire and John T. Wixted

Major Variable of Holocaust Trauma Transmission
Natan P. F. Kellermann

Descendants of Holocaust Survivors: Myths and Realities
Eva Fogelman

Ori Z. Soltes

Appendix I: “The Shadows at Night”
Appendix II: Eulogy Delivered at Alice Lok Cahana’s Funeral by Kitra Cahana
Appendix III: Cahana Family Timeline

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