Kristina Michelle Thoman, University of Texas at El Paso


Illumination is the multi-general story of a Jewish family, and their oral traditions. The story will trace the family from just before the biblical exodus, through the holocaust, and follow them to modern day America. The family will face antisemitism at each place in history along the way, losing a child to the pharaoh’s cruel decree to slay the male children of the Hebrew slaves, narrowly escaping a death camp in the holocaust, and finally facing growing anti-Jewish hate in America. In the last act of the story, the family will be faced with the question, if you are in the country that affords its citizens the greatest freedom known to modern man, where can you go to avoid the hate?

Subject Area

Creative writing|Literature

Recommended Citation

Thoman, Kristina Michelle, "Illuminations" (2023). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30818044.