Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Childhood in the Shadow of the Holocaust Survived Children and Second Generation

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Childhood in the Shadow of the Holocaust Survived Children and Second Generation

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Childhood in the Shadow of the Holocaust Survived Children and Second Generation Editors: Z. Solomon and J. Chaitin DanaCode: 31-4311 Recommended price: NIS88 Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House Ltd., 480 pages, 2007, in Hebrew

Throughout the years it has been a commonly held, albeit mistaken, assumption that children during the Holocaust were "too young" to remember the traumatic events that they experienced and were thus not considered to be "true" survivors. Moreover, when the war had passed and these children wished to speak out of their tragic exposure, their elders silenced them. Part of this conspiracy of silence resulted in sparse attention being paid to this particular group of survivors.

Zahava Solomon and Julia Chaitin have created a unique and moving volume focusing on child survivors, children born to survivors (second generation) and the grandchildren of survivors (third generation). This is an ambitious and encompassing project. It is the first of its kind to be published in Hebrew and to aim at presenting the Israeli audience with the vast body of data and experience accumulated over decades of observation, research and treatment. …

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