After Such Knowledge: Memory, History, and the Legacy of the Holocaust (export ed)
By: Eva Hoffman (author)Paperback
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As the Holocaust recedes from us in time, the guardianship of its legacy is being passed on from its survivors and witnesses to the next generation. How should they, in turn, convey its knowledge to others? What are the effects of a traumatic past on its inheritors, and the second-generations responsibilities to its received memories? In this meditation on the long aftermath of atrocity, Eva Hoffmana child of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust with the help of neighbors, but whose entire families perishedprobes these questions through personal reflections, and through broader explorations of the historical, psychological, and moral implication of the second-generation experience. As she guides us through the poignant juncture at which living memory must be relinquished, she asks what insights can be carried from the past to the newly problematic present, and urges us to transform potent family narratives into a fully informed understanding of a forbidding history. * A New York Times Notable Book 2003
Eva Hoffman was born in 1945 in Cracow, Poland. Her Jewish family hid throughout the war, finally emigrating to Canada in 1959, when Eva was 13. Educated in America, Hoffman now splits her time between London and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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