Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust

Ellen Korman Mains

Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust

To the chagrin of her parents—Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust—Ellen Korman Mains became a Buddhist at 19, nearly tearing her family apart. Over three decades later, on a German train, she felt the presence of spirits who died in the Holocaust. Sixty years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the question "How can you still believe in basic goodness?" sent her on a series of life-changing journeys to Poland to find the answer.

Beyond recovering a lost family history, Buried Rivers reveals powerful connections between spirituality and trauma, intimately explores family loyalties, religious boundaries, and the invisible blessings of ancestors, and includes an Auschwitz survivor account dictated by the author’s uncle before his death.

Trained by the late Tibetan meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa, Ellen Korman Mains has led group retreats in North America and Europe and guides individuals in cultivating compassionate self-awareness. Since 2006, she has spent over two years in Poland researching the Holocaust and her ancestral roots, and building friendships. Born in Montreal, she lives in Boulder, Colorado and is a citizen of Canada, the United States, and Poland.

“. . . provides a fresh take not only on the Holocaust, but also the proper response to the seemingly inerasable stain left by profound anguish. . . A moving and original contribution to an inexhaustible body of literature.” —Kirkus Reviews
Price: $18.99
Date Published: October 10, 2018
ISBN: 9781641840170
Author: Ellen Korman Mains
Part Number: V4081805469
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