Remembering the Holocaust: Generations, Witnessing and Place

Remembering the Holocaust: Generations, Witnessing and Place

by Esther Jilovsky

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An intriguing analysis of how place constructs memory and how memory constructs place, Remembering the Holocaust shows how visiting sites such as Auschwitz shapes the transfer of Holocaust memory from one generation to the next. Through the discussion of a range of memoirs and novels, including Landscapes of Memory by Ruth Kluger, Too Many Men by Lily Brett, The War After by Anne Karpf and Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, Remembering the Holocaust reveals the pivotal yet complicated role of place in each generation's writing about the Holocaust.

This book provides an insightful and nuanced investigation of the effect of the Holocaust upon families, from survivors of the genocide to members of the second and even third generations of families involved. By deploying an innovative combination of generational and literary study of Holocaust survivor families focussed on place, Remembering the Holocaust makes an important contribution to the field of Holocaust Studies that will be of interest to scholars and anyone interested in Holocaust remembrance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780936116
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 326 KB

About the Author

Esther Jilovsky is Honorary Fellow in German Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is the editor of In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (2016).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Generations, Witnessing and Place
Chapter 1: Survivor Memoirs of Return: Encountering the Past in the Present
Chapter 2: The Second Generation: Searching for the Past at Sites of Memory
Chapter 3: The Third Generation: The Role of Place in Imagining the Past
Chapter 4: The Paradox of Place and Bearing Witness: Manipulated Topographies, Pilgrimage and Holocaust Tourism
Conclusion: If Place is not a Witness, what is?

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