Overcoming Denial and Loss of Identity with the Nazi’s Granddaughter, Silvia Foti on Divorce & Beyond #230

This week on Divorce & Beyond, Host, Susan Guthrie speaks with Best-Selling Author, Silvia Foti, whose book The Nazi's Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal caused a world-wide sensation and sparked a deeper conversation around her deeply personal journey through denial, loss of identity and eventual acceptance and decision to honor the truth.  

At first it may be hard to see where Silvia Foti's journey from the treasured granddaughter of a celebrated national hero, to the becoming the myth-busting heir to a history of deceit, anti-Semitism and Nazi collaboration intersects with the journey through divorce but trust us - it does!  After all, when we are faced with a reality that we find unacceptable, such as divorce or other unwelcome major life change, isn't it human nature to enter some period of denial?  Silvia certainly did when she discovered the truth about her grandfather's participation in atrocities during the war.   And when you have believed for years that your role in life is wife, husband, partner and/or spouse, isn't there some element of loss of identity when things drastically change during a divorce?  Silvia experienced this as well and more on her 20-year long journey to uncover and then document the truth of her history.

This is a riveting story of one woman's journey for truth and her many lessons that will help you on your way - be sure to listen today!

More About Silvia Foti:

SILVIA FOTI, author of the memoir The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal, is an award-winning investigative journalist in Chicago and a high school literature teacher. She holds master’s degrees in journalism, education, and creative nonfiction. Silvia made a deathbed promise to her mother to write a book about her famous, WWII hero grandfather, Jonas Noreika, twenty-one years ago. Silvia’s grandmother begged her not to write about her husband. “Just let history lie,” she whispered. Silvia had no idea that in keeping her promise to her mother, her discoveries would bring her to a personal crisis, challenge her Catholic faith, unearth Holocaust denial, and expose an official cover-up by the Lithuanian government. Her goal in writing this story of her grandfather, known as General Storm in Lithuania, is to upend Lithuania’s narrative that Lithuanians had nothing to do with killing Jews, that it was all done by German Nazis.

Contact Silvia:

www.silviafoti.com

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Get the Book:  https://amzn.to/3Kwjfw6

Read the article in the New York Times featuring Silvia and the book:  No More Lies. My Grandfather Was a Nazi. - The New York Times

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