How Do I Mourn?

Ilona Engel Fuchs (circa 1950, Tokaj, Hungary)

Ilona Engel Fuchs (circa 1950, Tokaj, Hungary)


— by Marta Fuchs

My 98-year-old mother died last week and I’m waiting to feel something. I watched family and friends cry at her funeral and I listened to their outpouring of love and accolades for the remarkable woman my mother was. To a person, they spoke of how loving and generous and talented she was — and yes, that she was also forceful and insistent — how much of an impact she made on them, how they remain in awe of how she survived Auschwitz at great odds, and how she rebuilt her life multiple times with flair, energy, and optimism. [Read more…]