Lessons and Legacies VIII: From Generation to Generation

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Peter Hayes, Doris L. Bergen, Holocaust Educational Foundation
Northwestern University Press, Nov 14, 2008 - History - 354 pages
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Primo Levi opened his memoir Survival in Auschwitz with a call to remember, reflect upon, and teach about the Holocaust—or to face the rejection of subsequent generations. The transmittal of this urgent knowledge between generations was the theme of the eighth Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust, and it is the focus of this volume. The circular formulation—from generation to generation—points backward and forward: where do we locate the roots of the Holocaust, and how do its repercussions manifest themselves? The contributors address these questions from various perspectives—history, cultural studies, psychiatry, literature, and sociology. They also bring to bear the personal aspect of associated issues such as continuity and rupture. What has the generation of the Shoah passed on to its descendants? What have subsequent generations taken from these legacies? Contributions by scholars, some of whom are survivors and children of survivors, remind us that the Holocaust does—and must—remain present from generation to generation.


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Doris L. Bergen is a member of the academic advisory board of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto.

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