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Book Club: What the Living Remember

by Nancy Gerber

Date:  Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Time:  6:30 PM EDT

Place:  Online via Zoom


Book Club:  What the Living Remember
by Nancy Gerber
Date:  Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 6:30 PM
Where:  Online via ZOOM

On a cold January morning, thirteen-year-old Karl Zimmer awakens to find the public square of his city draped in crimson-colored flags. Hitler has been named Chancellor. Karl doesn't know what this means but he understands danger is in the air. Narrated in the first person, What the Living Remember is the story of Karl's coming of age during the pre-war Nazi period. Karl must navigate adolescence amidst mounting anti-Semitism, his mother's wish to flee the country, and his father's opposition. Ultimately, Karl learns that those who survive trauma and genocide confront the responsibility of remembering those who are gone.


1) What was the main reason/inspiration for writing What the Living Remember?

The novella was inspired by my father’s experience as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany.  He fled the country in 1938, a few short weeks before the devastating action by the government against Jewish businesses, synagogues, and individuals known as Kristallnacht. Synagogues were destroyed, Jews were rounded up and arrested – it was a horrifying event and foreshadowed the terror that was to come.

I had always been interested in my father’s childhood, but it was not something he spoke about. I wrote the book as a way to understand what it might have been like for a Jewish adolescent coming of age in such a dangerous place and time.

2) Think back in time to the first piece you ever wrote? When was it? Did you share it with anyone? What was their reaction?

My first memory of writing is in second grade. I used to talk out of turn and as a way to channel my energy my teacher suggested I write stories after I finished my work, which I then read to the class during rest period (yes, there was actually a rest period in those days). I remember the thrill and power of reading those stories aloud.  I’ve never forgotten it.

3) What methods do you use to connect with your audience?

I try to write from an emotional place within myself with the hope that readers will also make an emotional connection to the writing.

4) What are you working on now and what made you choose to write about this?

I just completed a story about a woman who visits her mother in a nursing home. The story is highly autobiographical, and I needed a lot of emotional distance from that time – my mother passed away four years ago from complications of dementia – to approach the material.

5) Tell us a short bio of yourself? Include any other work you have published or whether this your debut book.


I earned a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and completed psychoanalytic training at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston, NJ.  In addition to the novella, I’ve published four other books, including short fiction and memoir.  More information about my work can be found on my website:


6) Where can your book can be purchased, and do you have any social media sites?  

I don't have any social media accounts. 


What the Living Remember is available through these retailers:

Amazon (available in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover)

Apprentice House Press (available in paperback and hardcover)

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