An original contribution to Holocaust studies that demonstrates the theological and psychosocial issues emerging in novels and films by sons and daughters of survivors.
Focusing on the novels and films of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this book sheds light on the relationship between the Holocaust and contemporary Jewish identity. It is the first systematic analysis of a body of work that introduces a new generation of Jewish writers and filmmakers, as well as revealing how the survivors' legacy is shapingand being shaped bythe second generation.
Carefully studying the work of these contemporary children of Job, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, like the survivors themselves, represent a variety of orientations to Judaism, have significant theological differences, and share the legacy of the Shoah. Berger clearly shows that members of the second generation participate fully in both the American and Jewish dimensions of their identity and articulates distinctive second-generation theological and psychosocial themes.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.85(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
Alan L. Berger is Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies and Director of Judaic Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Crisis and Covenant: The Holocaust in American Jewish Fiction, also published by SUNY Press; editor of Judaism in the Modern World; and coeditor of Methodology in the Academic Teaching of the Holocaust.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
The Second-Generation Witness: Inheriting the Holocaust
Particularism and Universalism
Children of Survivors and Children of Job
The Search for Tikkun
Chapter 2 From Pathology to Theology: The Emergence of the Second-Generation Witness
The American Second Generation: A Brief History
A New Generation of Jewish Writers and Filmmakers
Post-Auschwitz Covenant Theology
Elie Wiesel and the Additional Covenant
Irving Greenberg and the Voluntary Covenant
M Emil L. Fackenheim and the Search for a Post-Aushwitz Tikkun Olam
Richard L. Rubenstein: "God after the Death of God"
Chapter 3 Second-Generation Novels and Short Stories: Jewish Particularism
Short Stories: A Biographical Note
Stories of an Imaginary Childhood and While The Messiah Tarries
Dancing at the Club Holocaust and Forms of Captivity and Escape
Chapter 4 Second-Generation Novels and Short Stories: Jewish Universalism
Dancing on Tisha B'Av and Winter Eyes
Chapter 5 Second-Generation Documentaries and Docudramas: Jewish Particularism
A Generation Apart
Breaking the Silence
Half-Sister, Everything's For You, and In Memory
The Docudramas: The Dr. John Haney Sessions and Open Secrets
Chapter 6 Second-Generation Documentaries and Docudramas: Jewish Universalism
As If It Were Yesterday
Weapons Of The Spirit
So Many Miracles
Voices From The Attic
Chapter 7 Whither The Future?
Working through the Holocaust
Riders towards the Dawn
Children of Job and Covenantal Judaism