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Second Generation Voices: Reflections by Children of Holocaust Survivors and Perpetrataors

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"Heirs to the Legacy of Auschwitz, the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators have always been thought of as separated by fear and anger, mistrust and shame. This book provides a forum for expression in which each group reflects candidly upon the consuming burdens and challenges it has inherited." "To be sure, there is disagreement among the groups about the need for - or wisdom of - dialogue. Yet Second Generation Voices engenders authentic grounds for discussion. Issues such as guilt, anger, religious faith, and
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Overview

"Heirs to the Legacy of Auschwitz, the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators have always been thought of as separated by fear and anger, mistrust and shame. This book provides a forum for expression in which each group reflects candidly upon the consuming burdens and challenges it has inherited." "To be sure, there is disagreement among the groups about the need for - or wisdom of - dialogue. Yet Second Generation Voices engenders authentic grounds for discussion. Issues such as guilt, anger, religious faith, and accountability are explored in deeply felt memories, narratives, and poems. Jew and German alike speak openly of forming and affirming their own identities and working through the psychological effects of intergenerational transmission of trauma."--BOOK JACKET.
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An anthology in which people that the Holocaust touched second hand reflect on their relationships with their parents, society at large, and the events of the past. They consider the search for roots, inheriting parental trauma, the journey to parents' birthplaces and to death camps, issues of faith and religion, identity and the Yiddish language, confronting a repressed past, and whether dialogue is possible. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606819
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Religion, Theology and the Holocaust Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 1,017,015
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Family Ties: The Search for Roots
Once Removed 16
Teaching to Remember 30
The Coat 46
The Far Country Memoirs 56
Pt. 2 Inheriting Parental Trauma
Intersoul Flanking: Writing about the Holocaust 66
My Share of the Pain 72
Five Short Poems for Sissel 77
The Lifelong Reporting Trip 79
Pt. 3 The Journey to Parents' Birthplaces and to Death Camps
Coming Full Circle 92
Returning 110
Memory Macht Frei 128
The Journey to Poland 141
Pt. 4 Issues of Faith and Religion
Faith after the Holocaust: For One Person, It Doesn't Pay to Cook 156
The Path to Kaddish: Prologue to a Son's Spiritual Autobiography 172
I Was Born in Bergen-Belsen 188
Adult Offspring of Holocaust Survivors as Moral Voices in the American-Jewish Community 208
Pt. 5 Identity and the Yiddish Language
A Yiddish Writer Who Writes in French 228
On the Yiddish Question 232
Shards 242
Pt. 6 Confronting a Repressed Past
Ratner's Kosher Restaurant 258
A Troublemaker in a Skirt 270
Facing a Wall of Silence 289
Honor Thy Mother: Reflections on Being the Daughter of Nazis 303
Meditation on Matthew 9:9-13 310
Working Through Doubtfulness: A Case Study of a Daughter of a Nazi 321
Pt. 7 Is Dialogue Possible?
When Children of Holocaust Survivors Meet Children of Nazis 336
To Be German after the Holocaust: The Misused Concept of Identity 344
Taking Leave of the Wrong Identities or An Inability to Mourn: Post-Holocaust Germans and Jews 354
A Concluding Meditation 365
Index 367
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