Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust

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SUNY Press, 1997 - History - 241 pages
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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 survivor's legacy is shaping - and being shaped by - the 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 orientation 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PARTICULARISM AND UNIVERSALISM
4
CHILDREN OF SURVIVORS AND CHILDREN OF JOB
5
THEOLOGICAL SEQUELAE
8
THE SEARCH FOR TIKKUN
10
From Pathology to Theology The Emergence of the SecondGeneration Witness
13
A BRIEF HISTORY
16
A NEW GENERATION OF JEWISH WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS
19
WHITE LIES
95
DANCING ON TISHA BAV AND WINTER EYES
110
CONCLUSION
126
SecondGeneration Documentaries and Docudramas Jewish Particularism
129
KADDISH
131
A GENERATION APART
136
BREAKING THE SILENCE
140
HALFSISTER EVERYTHINGS FOR YOU AND IN MEMORY
146

ELIE WIESEL IRVING GREENBERG EMIL FACKENHEIM AND RICHARD RUBENSTEIN
21
ELIE WIESEL AND THE ADDITIONAL COVENANT
23
IRVING GREENBERG AND THE VOLUNTARY COVENANT
25
EMIL L FACKENHEIM AND THE SEARCH FOR A POSTAUSCHWITZ TIKKUN OLAM
28
GOD AFTER THE DEATH OF GOD
31
SecondGeneration Novels and Short Stories Jewish Particularism
35
DAMAGED GOODS
37
SUMMER LONGACOMING
48
MAUS
59
A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
71
STORIES OF AN IMAGINARY CHILDHOOD AND WHILE THE MESSIAH TARRIES
72
DANCING AT THE CLUB HOLOCAUST AND FORMS OF CAPTIVITY AND ESCAPE
75
ELIJAH VISIBLE
79
CONCLUSION
84
SecondGeneration Novels and Short Stories Jewish Universalism
87
THE FLOOD
88
ANGST
150
THE DR JOHN HANEY SESSIONS AND OPEN SECRETS
152
CONCLUSION
157
SecondGeneration Documentaries and Docudramas Jewish Universalism
159
AS IF IT WERE YESTERDAY
162
WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT
168
SO MANY MIRACLES
173
VOICES FROM THE ATTIC
177
CONCLUSION
181
Whither the Future?
183
WORKING THROUGH THE HOLOCAUST
184
RIDERS TOWARDS THE DAWN
187
NOTES
191
INDEX
215
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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.

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