Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust

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Focusing on the novels and films of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this book sheds light on the relationship between the Holocaust and contemporary Jewish identity. It is the first systematic analysis of a body of work that introduces a new generation of Jewish writers and filmmakers, as well as revealing how the survivor's legacy is shaping - and being shaped by - the second generation. Carefully studying the work of these contemporary children of Job, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, like the ...
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Overview

Focusing on the novels and films of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this book sheds light on the relationship between the Holocaust and contemporary Jewish identity. It is the first systematic analysis of a body of work that introduces a new generation of Jewish writers and filmmakers, as well as revealing how the survivor's legacy is shaping - and being shaped by - the second generation. Carefully studying the work of these contemporary children of Job, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, like the survivors themselves, represent a variety of orientation to Judaism, have significant theological differences, and share the legacy of the Shoah. Berger clearly shows that members of the second generation participate fully in both the American and Jewish dimensions of their identity and articulates distinctive second-generation theological and psychosocial themes.
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Berger, Raddock Eminent Scholar chair of Holocaust studies and director of Judaic studies at Florida State University, examines some important novels, short stories, and films created by the children of Holocaust survivors. He sets the stage by briefly discussing such groundbreaking nonfiction works as Helen Epstein's Children of the Holocaust LJ 5/15/79, which was one of the first books to consider the psyche of the second generation. Berger excels at exploring books that are not easy to categorize or pigeonhole, such as Art Spiegelman's Maus. Spiegelman represents a kind of paradigm for Berger. Although he was born after the Holocaust, the Holocaust memories of his father were so suffocatingly real that Spiegelman's art became a safety valve and a means for the son to survive. The heavy psychological burden of the Holocaust figures in all the works of the artists examined here. This scholarly book is recommended for academic and large public libraries with strong Jewish studies collections.Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa District Lib., Ill.
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Focuses on the novels and films of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, shedding light on the relationship between the Holocaust and contemporary Jewish identity. Demonstrates how the children of survivors represent a variety of orientations to Judaism and how they share the legacy of the "Shoah", and discusses distinctive second- generation theological and psychosocial themes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
The Second-Generation Witness: Inheriting the Holocaust 1
Particularism and Universalism 4
Children of Survivors and Children of Job 5
Theological Sequelae 8
Universal Questions 8
The Search for Tikkun 10
Ch. 2 From Pathology to Theology: The Emergence of the Second-Generation Witness 13
The American Second Generation: A Brief History 16
A New Generation of Jewish Writers and Filmmakers 19
Post-Auschwitz Covenant Theology 21
Elie Wiesel and the Additional Covenant 23
Irving Greenberg and the Voluntary Covenant 25
Emil L. Fackenheim and the Search for a Post-Aushwitz Tikkun Olam 28
Richard L. Rubenstein: "God after the Death of God" 31
Ch. 3 Second-Generation Novels and Short Stories: Jewish Particularism 35
Damaged Goods 37
Summer Long-a-Coming 48
Maus 59
Short Stories: A Biographical Note 71
Stories of an Imaginary Childhood and While the Messiah Tarries 72
Dancing at the Club Holocaust and Forms of Captivity and Escape 75
Elijah Visible 79
Ch. 4 Second-Generation Novels and Short Stories: Jewish Universalism 87
The Flood 88
White Lies 95
Dancing on Tisha B'Av and Winter Eyes 110
Ch. 5 Second-Generation Documentaries and Docudramas: Jewish Particularism 129
Kaddish 131
A Generation Apart 136
Breaking the Silence 140
Half-Sister, Everything's For You, and In Memory 146
Angst 150
The Docudramas: The Dr. John Haney Sessions and Open Secrets 152
Ch. 6 Second-Generation Documentaries and Docudramas: Jewish Universalism 159
As If It Were Yesterday 162
Weapons of The Spirit 168
So Many Miracles 173
Voices From The Attic 177
Ch. 7 Whither The Future? 183
Working through the Holocaust 184
Riders towards the Dawn 187
Children of Job and Covenantal Judaism 187
Notes 191
Index 215
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