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Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust (review)

Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust (review) 05-Reviews 12/5/05 9:33 AM Page 684 684 Biography 28.4 (Fall 2005) Gary Weissman. Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2004. 266 pp. ISBN 8-801-44253-2, $29.95. Considerable work has been done of late on second-generation Holocaust survivors, and in particular, the children of Holocaust survivors, who are deeply invested in their parents’ experiences in the Holocaust, and who, through their parents’ stories become secondhand witnesses to the horrors that their parents experienced. The literature of second-generation writers, such as Melvin Bukiet, Thane Rosenbaum, and Art Spiegelman, is preoccu- pied with the ways in which the Holocaust shaped not only the lives of those who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also the lives of the children who grew up under the specter of the Holocaust and within tenuous reach of their parents’ unspoken or voiced stories of the horrors that they both witnessed and endured. Such proximity to the Holocaust, however vicari- ously and abstractedly viewed, has marked indelibly the lives of the chil- dren of Holocaust survivors, whose attempts to view the world through the filter of their parents’ experiences inevitably and disturbingly fall short of an accurately realistic portrayal. The question http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (4) – Jan 9, 2006

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05-Reviews 12/5/05 9:33 AM Page 684 684 Biography 28.4 (Fall 2005) Gary Weissman. Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2004. 266 pp. ISBN 8-801-44253-2, $29.95. Considerable work has been done of late on second-generation Holocaust survivors, and in particular, the children of Holocaust survivors, who are deeply invested in their parents’ experiences in the Holocaust, and who, through their parents’ stories become secondhand witnesses to the horrors that their parents experienced. The literature of second-generation writers, such as Melvin Bukiet, Thane Rosenbaum, and Art Spiegelman, is preoccu- pied with the ways in which the Holocaust shaped not only the lives of those who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also the lives of the children who grew up under the specter of the Holocaust and within tenuous reach of their parents’ unspoken or voiced stories of the horrors that they both witnessed and endured. Such proximity to the Holocaust, however vicari- ously and abstractedly viewed, has marked indelibly the lives of the chil- dren of Holocaust survivors, whose attempts to view the world through the filter of their parents’ experiences inevitably and disturbingly fall short of an accurately realistic portrayal. The question

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