by Mitch Smolkin
Smolkin, M. (2016) ‘Strength in the Shadows: Shifting Perspectives on the Integrity of Intergenerational Healing’, in E. Jilovksy, J. Silverstein & D. Slucki (ed.), ‘In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation’ (pp 87-100). London, England: Valentine Mitchell Press.
This book is the first of its kind: an exploration of the experiences of the Third Generation – the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors – who have particular relationships to the Holocaust, mediated through their interactions with their parents, grandparents, and communities. The book’s editors innovatively combine scholarly work that deals with questions of trauma and its transmission across generations, with autobiographical accounts which incorporate many of the concerns raised by scholars. The contributors include historians, literary and cultural studies scholars, psychologists, and sociologists, together with autobiographical narratives from members of the Third Generation, which illuminate the scholarly research presented.