This study provides a vibrant account of the experiences of Holocaust survivors' children. Now in their thirties and forties, these men and women describe their relationships with their parents and offer their perceptions of the impact of the Holocaust on their families.
Hass, a clinical psychologist, studies his and others' experiences to learn what it means to be a child of Holocaust survivors. Drawing on a cross-section of testimony and piecing together common threads, he finds that the children of survivors felt the Holocaust to be a constant presence even when it was not discussed. They did not want to cause any more pain for their parents, and this often created an emotionally stifling atmosphere. One chapter is entitled, ``For this I survived the camps?''--a query bound to create psychological turmoil in any youngster. The second generation are now in their 30s and 40s, beginning to come to terms with their unique experience. This important book, free from academic jargon, is recommended for most large libraries.--Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.
From the Publisher
"In the Shadow of the Holocaust is among the very best in the Holocaust literature, an exemplary model for the rest of us who study others and try to make sense of what we see and hear." Robert Coles, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard University
Introduction; 1. The psychological profile of survivors; 2. Intergenerational transmission; 3. 'For this I survived the camps?'; 4. Recounting the stories; 5. Children describe their parents; 6. Jews and Gentiles; 7. In case it should happen again; 8. Can I believe in God?; 9. The third generation; 10. The legacy; Appendix; Notes; Index of Names.