Three Generations of Jewish Women: Holocaust Survivors, Their Daughters, and Granddaughters

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Three Generations of Jewish Women examines the connections between three generations of Jewish women, beginning with the generation of female holocaust survivors. This exploration spans a century, and creates a thorough discussion of the changing nature of Jewish culture and the role of women within it. What compelled the women of the first generation to leave their homes and come to the United States? In what ways did immigration alter their lives? Did the United States fulfill their expectations? What ...

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Overview

Three Generations of Jewish Women examines the connections between three generations of Jewish women, beginning with the generation of female holocaust survivors. This exploration spans a century, and creates a thorough discussion of the changing nature of Jewish culture and the role of women within it. What compelled the women of the first generation to leave their homes and come to the United States? In what ways did immigration alter their lives? Did the United States fulfill their expectations? What connections do these women have with the youngest bi-cultural generation? The study of these three generations sheds new light on relationships between women, and reveals a shared history and legacy, which binds them together and distinguishes them from other women.

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Motivated by her Auschwitz-survivor mother's death to explore her world, psychologist Alteras (Hunter College, City College of New York) takes testimony from three generations of women and finds connecting themes in their life stories. She studies her mother's generation who grew up in Eastern Europe, her own cohorts who had immigrated to the US as youngsters, and their children who were born into an environ of heightened Jewish and feminist consciousness. The book concludes with reflections on shifts in, and survival of, Jewish identity. Includes photos of each generation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761823124
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Lea Ausch Alteras is Assistant Professor at Hunter College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The First Generation of Jewish Women: A Historical Perspective Chapter 4 Testimonies of Our Mothers' Generation Chapter 5 Photos and Poem Chapter 6 The Second Generation of Jewish Women: A Historical Perspective Chapter 7 Testimonies of the Second Generation of Women Chapter 8 Photos Chapter 9 The Third Generation: Our Daughters' Generation of Women Chapter 10 Testimonies of the Third Generation of Women Chapter 11 Photos Chapter 12 Ambivalence of Change Chapter 13 Future Thought on Jewish Survival Chapter 14 Notes Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index

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