Schwab's texts include memoirs, such as Ruth Kluger's Still Alive and Marguerite Durgaas's La Douleur; second-generation accounts by the children of Holocaust survivors, such as Georges Perec's W, Art Spiegelman's Maus, and Philippe Grimbert's Secret; and second-generation recollections by Germans, such as W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, Sabine Reichel's What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, and Ursula Duba's Tales from a Child of the Enemy. She also incorporates her own reminiscences of growing up in postwar Germany, mapping interlaced memories and histories as they interact in psychic life and cultural memory. Schwab concludes with a bracing look at issues of responsibility, reparation, and forgiveness across the victim/perpetrator divide.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 Writing Against Memory and Forgetting 41
3 Haunting Legacies: Trauma in Children of Perpetrators 67
4 Identity Trouble: Guilt, Shame, and Idealization 92
5 Replacement Children: The Transgenerational Transmission of Traumatic Loss 118
6 Deadly Intimacy: The Politics and Psychic Life of Torture 151
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In this highly original and courageous study, Gabriele Schwab breaks new ground in the study of trauma and its intergenerational transmission, doing so through a special focus on the long-term effects of violent histories on the generations of both victims and perpetrators.
Michael Levine, Rutgers University