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Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Their Children, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness

Arlene Stein


Reluctant Witnesses mixes history, memoir, and sociological analysis to tell the story of the rise of Holocaust consciousness in the United States from the perspective of survivors and their descendants. The public reckoning with the destruction of European Jewry, the book argues, was due to more than simply the passage of time. It took the coming of age of the “second generation”—who reached adulthood during the rise of feminism, the ethnic revival, and therapeutic culture—for survivors’ families to reclaim their hidden histories. Inspired by the changed status of the “victim” in American soc ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish, collective memory, memoir, American culture, trauma, generations, witness, therapeutic Culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arlene Stein, author
Rutgers University