Inheriting the Holocaust: A Second-Generation Memoir

Inheriting the Holocaust: A Second-Generation Memoir

by Paula S. Fass

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In Inheriting the Holocaust, Paula S. Fass explores her own past as the daughter of Holocaust survivors to reflect on the nature of history and memory. Through her parents' experiences and the stories they recounted, Fass defined her engagement as a historian and used these skills to better understand her parents' lives.

Fass begins her journey through time and relationships when she travels to Poland and locates birth certificates of the murdered siblings she never knew. That journey to recover her family's story provides her with ever more evidence for the perplexing reliability of memory and its winding path toward historical reconstruction. In the end, Fass recovers parts of her family's history only to discover that Poland is rapidly reimagining the role Jews played in the nation's past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813546476
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Paula S. Fass is Margaret Byrne Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, and has authored many books and articles, most recently Children of a New World: Society, Culture, and Globalization. She also edited the Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society, which was named an outstanding reference source by the American Library Association.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Inheriting Memory 1 Going to Poland: May 2000 2 "I never had grandparents" 3 One Uncle 4 The Complexity of Aunts 5 First Families 6 My Parents 7 My Mother/Myself Afterword Poland, Again Photographs

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Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and totally engaging....