"Introduction: Why? The Genesis of My Own Thinking"
For a further look at my own family, see my recently published account of the letters my grandparents, Leo and Ella Jacob, murdered by the Nazis in late 1941 or early 1942, entitled "Letters from Zerbst," in G.Jan Colijn and Marcia S. Littell, eds., The Netherlands and Nazi Genocide: Papers of the Twenty-First Annual Scholars Conference ( Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992), pages 505-518.
Amonge the "Second Generation" books that address us as children of our survivors, our parents, and our own particular concerns and dilemmas are the following: Helen Epstein, Children of the Holocaust. Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors ( New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1979); Aaron Hass, In the Shadow of the Holocaust, The Second Generation ( Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1990); Peter Sichrovsky, Strangers in Their Own Land: Young Jews in Germany and Austria Today tran. Jean Steinberg ( New York: Basic Books, 1986); and "The Holocaust: Our Generation Looks Back," Response: A Contemporaty Jewish Review, 9, no. 1 ( Spring 1975).
Also addressing the Second Generation, but not limited to it, from the "psychological" perspective are Martin S. Bergman and Milton E. Jucovy, eds., Generations of the Holocaust ( New York, Basic Books, 1982); Joel E. Dimsdale , ed., Survivors, Victims, and Perpetrators: Essays on the Holocaust ( Washington, D.C.: Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, 1980); Leo Eitinger and Robert Krell, The Psychological and Medical Effects of Concentration Camps and Related Persecutions on Survivors of the Holocaust: A Research Bibliography ( Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1985); Steven A. Luel and Paul Marcus, Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Holocaust: Selected Essays ( New York: Ktav Publishing House, 1984); as well as two .special issues" of Journal of Contemporary Psychology, 11, no. 1 ( spring-summer 1980) "Holocaust Survivors: Psychological and Social Sequelae"; Journal of Psychology and Judaism, 6, no. 1, ( Fall-Winter 1981) "Holocaust Aftermath: Continuing Impact on the Generations."
Recently, four books have appeared that deal with the "Other Second Generation," the children of the Nazi perpetrators, and are equally important for the necessary work of healing and reconciliation: Daniel Bar-On, Legacy of Silence: Encounters with Children of the Third Reich ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989); Niklas Frank, In the Shadow of the Third Reich, trans. Arthur S. Weinsinger and Carole Clew-Hoey ( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991); Gerald L. Posner, Hitler's Children: Sons and Daughters ofLeaders of the Third Reich Talk About Themselves and Their Fathers