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By Marita Grimwood

Exploring 5 key texts from the rising canon of moment new release writing, this fascinating new examine brings jointly theories of autobiography, trauma, and fable to appreciate the how aggravating relatives histories are represented. In doing so, it demonstrates the ongoing effect of familial and group Holocaust trauma, and the necessity for an actual, in actual fact constructed theoretical framework during which to situate those works. This publication will entice ultimate 12 months undergraduates and postgraduate scholars, in addition to students in literary and Holocaust-related fields, and an viewers with own pursuits within the 'second generation'.

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Eli’s story also begins to illustrate the process by which Deborah’s trust is gained. For example, after he tells the group about his parents’ view of education, Epstein writes, “Deborah looked up at him. She had been listening attentively, more than a little surprised. Like the rest of us, she was hearing Eli describe her own family” (27). Epstein thus hints at what Deborah will tell her in the future. Epstein characterizes the atmosphere in the room in terms that constitute the members of the group as parts of a single living organism as follows: “I had the peculiar sensation of plasma flowing through the five of us” (26).

As such, they— with Epstein as their forerunner—are engaged apparently unintentionally, and possibly owing to the centrality of the Holocaust to contemporary Jewish identity more generally, in creating the stereotype of the child of survivors whose life is dominated by the Holocaust. 29 In her final paragraph, Epstein literalizes the idea of the “family” of children of survivors she mentioned at the beginning as follows: My brothers, like many other children of survivors, have lately begun for the first time to ask my mother questions about our grandparents, the relatives we never knew, and exactly where and how our parents survived the war.

In the process of writing the stories that she wishes to be her parents’ stories, the child belatedly bears witness to the older generation’s experiences refracted through her own. Memoirs by children of survivors are acts of narrative that incorporate the rupture of trauma, into the story of a new life. 88 To consider the works of children and other descendants of survivors who write about that experience is to acknowledge the operation of a 24 Introduction creative activity which defies the passive image suggested by some of the clinical findings discussed above.

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