Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature offers fresh approaches to understanding how grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators treat their traumatic legacies. The contributors to this volume present a two-fold perspective: that the past continues to live in the lives of the third generation and that artistic responses to trauma assume a variety of genres, including film, graphic novels, and literature. This generation is acculturated yet set apart from their peers by virtue of their traumatic inheritance. The chapters raise several key questions: How is it possible to negotiate the difference between what Daniel Mendelson terms proximity and distance? How can the post-post-memorial generation both be faithful to Holocaust memory and embrace a message of hope? Can this generation play a constructive educational role? And, finally, why should society care? At a time when the lessons and legacies of Auschwitz are either banalized or under assault, the authors in this volume have a message which ideally should serve to morally center those who live after the event.
Alan L. Berger is the Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Values and Violence After Auschwitz at Florida Atlantic University.
Lucas F.W. Wilson is the Justice, Equity, and Transformation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary.
Chapter 1. Third-Generation Holocaust Inheritance in Two Graphic Narratives: A Layering of Histories and Legacies
Chapter 2. “Things will never be alright again”: Third Generation German Jewish Literature and the Questions of Remembrance, Reconciliation, and Revenge
Chapter 3. Julie Orringer’s The Flight Portfolio: A New Turn in Holocaust Representation
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Chapter 4. Categories of Catastrophe: Third-Generation Reckoning in Susanne Fritz’s Becoming a Child of War
Chapter 5. The “Tumor of Memory” in The Origin of Violence
Chapter 6.: Numbers and Portraits: Reframing Auschwitz Tattoos in Numbered (2012)
Chapter 7. Representations of Identity and the Holocaust Archive in Third-Generation Graphic Narrative: Nora Krug’s Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Chapter 8. Writing Inherited Stories: A Study of Representational Anxiety in Australian Third-Generation Holocaust Literature
Chapter 9. Animals and the Holocaust in Nava Semel’s And the Rat Laughed
Chapter 10. Third-Generation Holocaust Survivors in Israel: Cultural Narratives
Chapter 11. Distant Relations: Third-Generation Perpetrator Descendants Writing in English
Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature is a much needed, penetrating analysis of a growing body of literature. Drawing upon the insights of an all-star array of scholars, it spans a variety of literary works from a variety of genres and geographical origins. It is an indispensable resource for students and scholars alike. In this age of the fading memory of the Holocaust, this important volume is a clarion call to memory and testimony. It will transform its reader into witnesses.
This book’s superb scholars, engaging essays, and incisive insights show not only that the Holocaust’s reverberating trauma remains but also how the Shoah’s call to remember and resist endures, as it must, to challenge and morally impel one generation after another. The well-told stories in these pages—haunting, moving, life-changing—highlight warnings and yearnings that must never be forgotten.
Emerging Trends in Third-Generation Holocaust Literature is an important book about the challenges, power, and complexity of memory on the “third generation” of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and collaborators. Emerging Trends is not an easy volume to read, but it is a necessary one, if you want “to negotiate the vast distance – psychological, affective, physical, and otherwise – between lived experiences in the past and the shadows it casts on contemporary life.” It is a book that reveals the past is never past. It lives in the present and into the future.