- The Acculturation of the Kindertransport Children: Intergenerational Dialogue on the Kindertransport Experience
- Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
- Purdue University Press
- Volume 23, Number 1, Fall 2004
- pp. 100-108
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Dialogue in the lives of the first, second, and third generation of the Kindertransport is the focus of this essay, in which the author first highlights background factors in understanding the "narrative history" as distinct from the "factual history" of the Kindertransport. This is followed by an exploration of insights into the role that dialogue in various forms, including its absence, may have played in the pre-separation and post-separation phases of the Kindertransportees' lives. The author looks at a few general features in the dialogue of Kindertransportees with each other and then at some central themes in intergenerational dialogue between first, second, and third generations of the Kindertransport. Ultimately the text suggests that what can be learned from such dialogues might be of use to research and to those involved in the care of separated children today.