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"Shaping Holocaust Memory: The Second and Third Generation Response"
August 27, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
There have been two major paradigm shifts in literary memory of the Holocaust. Following survivor writings, what Elie Wiesel calls "The Age of Testimony," the second generation has reflected on the psychic wounds of growing up in survivor households. They are the "hinge generation," turning from experience to history. Novels by the third generation (grandchildren of survivors) have dealt with the burden of emotional inheritance of Holocaust trauma seeking to define their Jewish identity. Dr. Alan L. Berger, the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar for Holocaust Studies, the first Holocaust chair established in the state of Florida, will discuss these variations in this public lecture. Representative second generation authors will include Helen Epstein, Art Spiegelman and Thane Rosenbaum. Third generation authors will include Daniel Mendelsohn, Johanna Adorjan and Joseph Skibell. Berger is also professor of Judaic Studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, students and seniors and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Students and seniors may pay $5 at the door.
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