Holocaust memories and the legacy of the second-generation - EXPeditions

Holocaust memories and the legacy of the second-generation

by Eva Hoffman
  • Key point 1
    The second generation of Holocaust survivors are people who were born right after the Holocaust or who are the direct descendants of Holocaust survivors. It is a hinge generation whose position and perspective gives it a particular relationship to the event.
  • Key point 2
    The consequences of traumatic experiences are passed on to the second generation as a powerful affective and moral education. Separating memory from history is extremely complex.
  • Key point 3
    Passing on personal knowledge and history of the Holocaust is vital – especially as denial resurfaces – so that young people can access and can understand what happened.