Echoes of the Trauma: Relational Themes and Emotions in Children of Holocaust Survivors

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $94.49
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 24%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $94.49   
  • New (4) from $94.49   
  • Used (2) from $106.54   


This book discusses the echoes of the trauma that are traced in the relational narratives that the sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors tell about their experiences growing up in survivor families. An innovative combination of the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT) method with narrative-qualitative analysis revealed common themes and emotional patterns that are played out in the survivors' children’s meaningful relationships, especially in those with their parents. The relational world of the second generation is understood in the context of an intergenerational communication style called "knowing-not knowing," in which there is a dialectical tension between knowing and not knowing the parental trauma. In the survivors' children’s current parent-adolescent relationships with their own children (survivors' grandchildren), they aspire to correct the child-parent dynamics that they had experienced by trying to openly negotiate conflicts and to maintain close bonds. Clinicians treating descendents of other massive trauma would benefit from the insights offered into these complex intergenerational psychological processes.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In this remarkable book, Wiseman and Barber employ an ingenious approach for studying the “echoes of trauma” in children of Holocaust survivors. Combining the descriptive nuance of the case study approach with the rigor of formal narrative analysis procedures, they provide a powerful portrait of the relational and emotional themes that pervade the lives of survivors’ children. Common themes such as the conflicting needs for closeness and autonomy, and the need to protect vulnerable parents are vividly illustrated in their subjects’ lives. Of particular interest is the phenomenon of intergenerational transmission of trauma resulting in a type of knowing without knowing. This is a rich, compelling and beautifully written book that will be of interest to a wide audience of readers.”
—Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research

“As a wartime hidden child I lived in the shadow of the Holocaust. The miraculous survival of my parents ensured that I lived in their shadow also. There are consequences that reverberate for a life-time . . . and beyond. I see myself, my parents and my children in the accounts offered in this compelling work. It is not about pathology, it is about life lived within a profound and dramatic trauma and its inevitable consequences—some damaging, some inspirational. This book is an important contribution to the understanding and treatment of trans-generational issues, no matter the origins.”
—Robert Krell, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

“This book offers a sensitive and textured portrayal of three-generational familial processes of the conspiracy of silence that has been demonstrated to be a prevalent and perhaps the most powerful mechanism of transmission of trauma in numerous massively traumatized populations around the world. Through a fresh analysis of relational themes and emotions, Wiseman and Barber trace the echoes of parental trauma in survivors’ offspring lives as they struggle with the conflicts between silence and breaking of the silence.”
—Yael Danieli, Ph.D., Director, Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, New York, NY

"Wiseman (counseling and human development, U. of Haifa, Israel) and Barber (psychology, U. of Pennsylvania) present this study of the psychological legacy of the Holocaust on children of survivors, basing their study on interviews conducted with about 60 Israelis that fit that description who were sampled randomly. Combining the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme method with narrative-qualitative analysis, the authors address relational themes and emotions among the narratives, illuminating issues for clinicians working with survivors of mass trauma and their families."
—Book News

"The book is organized into emergent relational themes described within the context of CCRT, capturing the "echoes" of trauma of the Holocaust within second-generation survivors. The authors address the clinical implications of their findings and summarize the echoes of trauma as they occur within the context of parent-child relationships rather than specific transmission of traumatic sequelae, though they also pay attention to the sociocultural context of the survivor...Recommended..."
—A.N. Douglas, Mount Holyoke College, CHOICE

"The book is well written and easy to digest, and may be applied immediately in therapeutic situations. The overview of the CCRT method seems sufficient for the reader to understand the information presented and may prompt additional exploration of the theory. The concepts are clearly articulated."
—Patricia M. Hernandez, PsycCRITIQUES

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521879477
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,304,362
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hadas Wiseman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel. She is a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) and of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). She works in Israel and spent a sabbatical year in Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Wiseman is also a certified clinical psychologist in private practice in Tivon, Israel, and is co-author of Conversation as Method: Analyzing the Relational World of People Who Were Raised Communally.

Jacques P. Barber is Professor of Psychology, Center for Psychotherapy Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He is President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He co-authored the Handbook of Brief Dynamic Therapies; Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy Research and Practice: A How-to-Do-Them Guide; and Dynamic Therapies for Psychiatric Disorders (Axis 1).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: a narrative approach to bridging the gap between clinical case studies and empirical research; 2. Studying relationship narratives with the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT) method; Part I. Relational Themes in Narratives: 3. Wishes for closeness and autonomy; 4. The need to protect vulnerable parents and to avoid conflicts; 5. 'Without words': themes of interpersonal communication; Part II. Emotions in the Narratives: 6. Anger; 7. Guilt, shame and embarrassment; 8. Anxiety and helplessness; 9. Loneliness; 10. Joy and pride; Part III. Healing Trauma in the Chain of the Generations: 11. The second generation's experience of parenting their adolescent children; 12. Growing up to the music of knowing-not knowing: reflections and clinical implications.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)