Hey, remember me, your blogger? I'm still here, and hoping you are too.
I've been crazy busy with work and end-of-school activities (no, we're still not done for three more days, if you can believe it!). Every day there seems to be some special event I need to attend or, at the very least, five or ten things that need my carpooling expertise. I'm very much looking forward to waking up on a day when there's absolutely nothing on the calendar. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
I just finished up work on two vegan cookbooks (the irony is not lost on this omnivore) and am about to begin work on Michael Ruhlman's next cookbook, yay! In the meantime, I'm editing a non-cookbook for a change, and this project is a doozy. It's a twentieth-anniversary look at both Schindler's List and the Shoah Foundation, which Steven Spielberg founded in an effort to document the testimonials of as many Holocaust survivors as possible. Twenty years ago, when he was filming Schindler's List in Poland, Spielberg was approached numerous times by people who told him, "This is my story." He recognized the need to document these people's stories—and soon, as time was running out for many of them. As soon as he finished work on Schindler's List, he founded the Shoah Foundation, and within just a few years was able to videotape the testimonials of some 52,000 Holocaust survivors. So this book I'm editing consists of both a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and the story of the Shoah Foundation, which was the legacy of the film. It's fascinating, and I have access to the coolest collection of photos, but it's also emotionally draining, and I find I can't work on it for too long before I need a break. Heavy stuff. It was a movie, yes, but it was based on the true story of the 1,100 people this one man saved (known as the Schindlerjuden). He was a complex, flawed man, but he did not question or run when he saw what had to be done. To quote the verse from the Talmud that the Schindlerjuden engraved on a ring when they had to bid farewell to Oskar Schindler, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” There are now more than 7,000 children and grandchildren of the Schindlerjuden, all of whom can trace their very existence to the selfless acts of this one soul.