Diane Cole is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR online, and elsewhere, and she serves as the books columnist for Psychotherapy Networker.
From her new life in Montreal, the Yiddish writer created out of the degradation she had experienced a forceful body of work that calls out to be rediscovered.
Prewar, no countries had wanted to take in Europe’s Jews. Postwar, many were poised to claim the spoils of the murdered—until an unprecedented group of experts stepped in.
With the long-overdue translation into English of his final book, neglect of the Vilna-born Jewish author is starting to lift.
An exhibit at the Neue Galerie offered a taste of Jewish art from “before the fall,” but the subject cries out for a more ambitious undertaking.