Granddaughters of the Holocaust
Never Forgetting What They Didn't ExperienceeBook - 2012
Granddaughters of the Holocaust: Never Forgetting What They Didn't Experience delves into the intergenerational transmission of trauma to the granddaughters of Holocaust survivors. Although members of this generation did not endure the horrors of the Holocaust directly, they did absorb the experiences of both their parents and grandparents. Ten women participated in psychodynamic interviews about their inheritance of Holocaust knowledge and memory, and their responses to this legacy. These women provided startling evidence for the embodiment of Holocaust residue in the ways they approached daily tasks of living and being. The resulting narratives revealed that unfathomable events are inevitably transmitted to, and imprinted upon, succeeding generations. The implications for healing processes through the emotional work of resilience are explored.