Anne K. Ream

Anne K. Ream is a Chicago-based writer and the author of Lived Through This, a narrative and photographic memoir of her multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to the stories of survivors of gender-based violence.

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Begin, Again: Trump Through the Eyes of a Holocaust Survivor

How do the rhetoric of the president-elect and the hate crimes unleashed after his election affect those who have witnessed the worst?

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“I began my life with the Nazis, and now I may end my life with the Nazis,” the painter Vera Klement, an 86-year-old survivor of the Holocaust, said. It was election night in America, and as Vera and I sat in front of her TV and watched President-elect Donald J. Trump take the stage to the strains of the Air Force One soundtrack, she exhibited little shock, but rather a horrible, quiet awe. The Trump campaign’s choice of music, like so much associated with his election, was an affront to her. A secular Jew who worships at the altar of high art, Vera is a still-working painter whose pieces are included in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, and dozens of other collections. Seeing Trump stride onto the stage to music originally written for a celluloid commander-in-chief was almost too much for her to bear. “I’m terrified,” Vera said as we stayed up late into the night,...