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In the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Second Generation 59705th Edition

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Hass, a clinical psychologist, studies his and others' experiences to learn what it means to be a child of Holocaust survivors. Drawing on a cross-section of testimony and piecing together common threads, he finds that the children of survivors felt the Holocaust to be a constant presence even when it was not discussed. They did not want to cause any more pain for their parents, and this often created an emotionally stifling atmosphere. One chapter is entitled, "For this I survived the camps?"--a query bound to create psychological turmoil in any youngster. The second generation are now in their 30s and 40s, beginning to come to terms with their unique experience. This important book, free from academic jargon, is recommended for most large libraries.
-Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.
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"In the Shadow of the Holocaust is among the very best in the Holocaust literature, an exemplary model for the rest of us who study others and try to make sense of what we see and hear." Robert Coles, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard University
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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 59705th edition (July 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521498937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521498937
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Powers on November 3, 2006
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I am one of those rare creatures: a non-Jew who is very interested in the legacy of the Holocaust on the Jewish people. In one place, the author states that Jews view the Holocaust as a Jewish tragedy, while non-Jews see it as another example of "man's inhumanity to man." This is a generalization. I see the Holocaust as complete devastation for the Jews of Europe with traumatic effects that extend to Jews in many other places in the world. This does not mean ignoring non-Jewish victims; Charlotte Delbo, a non-Jew, wrote a painfully honest account of her time in Auschwitz. But I do recognize that there was a difference between those victims who were selected for complete annihilation and destruction of their culture, and those who, while subjected to persecution as individuals and perhaps within their families, were not meant to be elimated from the Earth.

Plus, anyone who is familiar with the awful history of European anti-Semitism will know that the Nazis took many of their techniques, such as Jewish stars, denial of rights to Jews, refusal to allow Jews into professions or even speak to Gentiles, and ghettos, straight from Catholic (and to some extent, Protestant as well) treatment of Jews during the Middle Ages.

The Holocaust was uniquely horrific; I'm not doubting that. but it's cheap for Christians to absolve ourselves by saying it's "man's inhumanity to man," given the long legacy of anti-Semitism, forced conversions, murders, etc.

That having been said -

Hass is a child of survivors and a clinical psychologist who felt that the literature on children of survivors was too skewed towards pathology. So he interviewed adult children from the general public.
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Who better to write about the Children of Holocaust Survivors than a Clinical Psychologist who is a Child of Holocaust Survivors himself. The opinions and attitudes of Children of Holocaust Survivors are shared in this book. The truths that Second Generation Children hold on to become quite evident.
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I can honestly say that this book changed my life. I am a child of a holocaust survivor and this book was recommended to me about 12 years ago or so. It helped me immensely to understand myself and my relationship with my mother. It helped me become a better parent to my own children. I do not have it anymore as I gave it to another child of a survivor who then gave it to someone else. It is a tough read but worth it.
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Aaron Hass was my professor for an amazing class that explores the full history of the holocaust. This book explores the experience of the children of survivors and the impact on their lives. An important part of the history of this epochal event in human history.
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