After her father died, Leila Levinson found horrifying photographs his World War II Army trunk that revealed he had been among the liberators of Nordhausen Concentration Camp at the end of the war. Realizing these photographs might be clues to her father's emotional detachment and silence, Levinson set out to meet and interview other World War II vets who had helped to liberate Nazi concentration camps. She discovered that these men and women remained in the grip of unyielding trauma.
Gated Grief weaves the words of these veterans with Levinson's memories of her childhood to create a portrait not only of the trauma that followed witnessing the concentration camps but of how the trauma of war and atrocity reverberate within a family. It leads the reader on a journey of discovering an untold piece of World War II and Holocaust history, recovering family history, and healing.