Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Maya Kaganskaya

As many of you know, my beloved mother Maya Kaganskaya passed away on Saturday, April 16. Her untimely death is a heavy loss to our family, to her many friends and admirers, and to the world of Israeli letters. In profound gratitude to all those who have helped her in the last difficult days of her illness, I want to say some words, inadequate as they may be.

My mother was a true intellectual who faced life and death with the indomitable courage of clear thought. She fought the evil empire of the USSR and she fought for her beliefs in her adopted country of Israel. Her words were her weapons and she proved daily that the pen is mightier than the sword and that lies, obfuscations and repression will not withstand the light of reason and truth. She loved words and they requited her love by giving her the power to move hearts and minds.

She was the best mother a daughter could wish for; the best mentor an intellectual could desire. She never succumbed to the false consolations of religion and ideology but stood up to powers-that-be and spoke the truth as she knew it. She was an example of integrity not only to her family and friends but also to her many readers. She is gone but her voice still speaks to us through her writing, urging us “to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”.

We mourn her passing and remember her as she was: a writer, a charismatic speaker, an officer’s daughter, and a loving mother and grandmother. The world will never be the same without her.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I am going to light a candle for her at Strawberry Fields. Stay strong Elana.
Grisha Turian