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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

A Childhood Unspoken

by (author) Marie Doduck

introduction by Lauren Faulkner Rossi

The Azrieli Foundation
Initial publish date
Jan 2023
Personal Memoirs, Holocaust, Jewish
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    Jan 2023
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Mariette is only five years old when the Nazis invade her hometown of Brussels, Belgium, in 1940. Soon her family is torn apart, and Mariette and her siblings are scattered, hiding with non-Jews and in convents and orphanages or working for the resistance. Seeing violence and death all around her, Mariette learns the skills she needs to survive, especially how to stay silent. Mariette emerges from the war quick-thinking and fiercely independent. As she navigates the transition to an identity as Marie, an industrious and resourceful community member in North America, Mariette, the silent child, begins to find her voice.

About the authors

Marie (Mariette) Rozen Doduck was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1935. She immigrated to Canada in 1947 as a war orphan with three of her siblings and settled in Vancouver. In 1955, she married her husband, Sidney, and raised three children. Marie has received awards for her community leadership work and activism. She is actively involved in Holocaust education and is a cofounder of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

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Dr. Lauren Faulkner Rossi is an assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University. She has taught modern German history and Holocaust and genocide studies courses in the United States and Canada. Dr. Faulkner Rossi has been involved with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University for more than a decade and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre for more than five years. She is currently researching child survivors of the Holocaust, the significance of their memoirs to Holocaust studies, and the shared language of trauma among child survivors of different genocides.

Lauren Faulkner Rossi's profile page