The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

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Daniel Mendelsohn's grandfather told him stories, in his rich Yiddish accent, about all kinds of things — life in the old country, life in America, stories of rabbis and high holidays and Jewish tradition.

The one thing Mendelsohn's grandfather never told stories about was his brother Shmiel, Shmiel's wife and their four beautiful daughters, and how they all died in the Holocaust.

Now, the grandson has gone back to rescue that story — complex, tragic, surprising — from the thickening mists of time. To know the lost of his family before the people who knew them are all gone. It's a compelling story.

Hear a conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn, one family in the Holocaust, and his new book "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million."


Daniel Mendelsohn, author of "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million" and Professor of Humanities at Bard College.

Froma Zeitlin, Professor of Classics and Comparitive Literature at Princeton Universty

Jack Green, used to date Ruchele, one of Shmiel's daughters. Survived the Holocaust by hiding out in the mountains around Bolechow and has lived in Sydney, Australia for the last 55 years.

This program aired on September 28, 2006.


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