Lecture: "Shaping Holocaust Memory: The Second and Third Generation Response" with Alan Berger

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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.

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.



Holocaust Museum Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004


$8 general public; $5 Holocaust Museum Houston members, students and seniors; advance registration requested.
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