Consider how the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors have a living connection to the memories that were passed on to them. Survivors’ memories become their memories, and to some degree, they bind them to the past. In fact, many of us are caught between our elders’ history and the lives we are living. The legacy that binds us to the past also inspires us to pass these memories on. Building a foundation of understanding through the narratives of others, like those of descendants of survivors, this session will explore why and how we share generational stories.
Ellen G. Friedman, Ph.D.
Professor of English at The College of New Jersey
The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Ellen G. Friedman was born in Kyrgyzstan in the Soviet Union while her parents were on the run from Hitler. She is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey and founding coordinator of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program. Her new book is a family memoir called The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story.
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