Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust: Generations, Witnessing and Place

by Esther Jilovsky

Esther Jilovsky is Senior Tutor in German Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is coeditor of In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
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    978-1-7809-3633-8 (hardback)

    978-1-7809-3697-0 (epdf)

    978-1-7809-3611-6 (epub)

    978-1-4742-1094-2 (online)
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    First edition
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Remembering the Holocaust
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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.