Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I am deeply grateful to the descendants of Holocaust survivors who so openly and generously shared their life stories with me. From the outset, this project asked a great deal of the participants—children and grandchildren of survivors who in the course of the research relived the...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

The study of the Holocaust has taken many turns and directions over the past two decades, generating a plethora of scholarship across a wide range of orientations from historical analysis to the social-psychological effects of mass trauma on individuals, groups, and society. Within this...

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1. Family Narratives and the Social Construction of Descendant Identity

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pp. 13-40

Studies of children of Holocaust survivors have previously considered the ways in which the experiences of a traumatized parent become internalized and integrated into the psychological makeup of the child. This research emphasizes the transference of emotions, fears, and loss...

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2. Ritual and the Emotional Transmission of Holocaust Trauma

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pp. 41-64

The research on the intergenerational transmission of trauma focuses primarily on two modes of survivor communication: storytelling, as discussed in the previous chapter, and deep emotional silences (Baranowsky et al. 1998) that convey what Dan Bar-On (1995) has termed “the untold...

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3. Redefining the Sacred: Spirituality and the Crisis of Masculinity among Children and Grandchildren of Survivors

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pp. 65-82

The research on ritual, as elaborated in the previous chapter, highlights the ways in which children and grandchildren of survivors negotiate their responsibility for culture-bearing through the construction of new ritual forms and the reclamation of a suppressed religious culture. With regard...

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4. The Social Relations of Inherited Trauma: The Meaning of Attachment and Connection in the Lives of Descendants

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pp. 83-104

As the research on trauma and family dynamics illustrates, descendants of Holocaust survivors report a wide range of social and cultural response to the intergenerational transmission of trauma. In this chapter the analysis of the social dynamics of the postgenocide...

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5. Reengaging the Past: Identity, Mourning, and Empathy at Sites of Terror

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pp. 105-124

Since the 1990s, descendants of Holocaust survivors have constituted an important and socially significant group of visitors to Holocaust memorials and monuments, including death camp sites, ruined cemeteries, and renowned deportation centers (Stein 2009b). In what has become a...

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6. Descendants as Holocaust Carriers: Bringing the Past into Public Consciousness

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pp. 125-148

Throughout the previous chapters, the study of the intergenerational transmission of trauma has focused on the ways in which descendants become trauma carriers through identification with and attachment to survivors and survivor culture. This aspect of traumatic inheritance...

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Conclusion: The Changing Landscape of Holocaust Remembrance and Future Directions in the Study of Traumatic Inheritance

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pp. 149-158

Throughout this book the research has shown that the intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma is complicated and multifaceted. To a large extent, the expansive psychological literature in this field has shaped the way in which descendant populations are constructed in...

Notes

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pp. 159-160

Bibliography

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pp. 161-172

Index

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pp. 173-178

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About the Author

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p. 179

Janet Jacobs is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on ethnic and religious violence, gender, mass trauma, and collective memory. She is the author of numerous books and journal articles, including Hidden Heritage...