After Such Knowledge: A Meditation on the Aftermath of the Holocaust

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Random House, Nov 23, 2017 - History - 320 pages

As the Holocaust recedes from us in time, the guardianship of its legacy is being passed on from its survivors and witnesses to the generation after. How should we, in turn, convey its knowledge to others? What are the effects of a traumatic past on its inheritors, and the second generation's responsibilities to its received memories?

Eva Hoffman probes these questions through personal reflections and through broader explorations of the historical, psychological and moral implications of the second-generation experience. She examines the subterranean processes through which private memories of suffering are transmitted, and the more wilful stratagems of collective memory. 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, and urges the need to transform potent family stories into a fully-informed understanding of a forbidding history.

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AFTER SUCH KNOWLEDGE: Memory, History, and the Aftermath of the Holocaust

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Literate if sometimes arid essays on the world—intellectual, cultural, and emotional—of the Holocaust's "second generation."Memoirist Hoffman (Shtetl, 1997, etc.), a representative of that ... Read full review

After such knowledge: memory, history, and the legacy of the Holocaust

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The psychological effects of the Shoah on the family dynamics of survivors and their offspring have been well documented in two works by Aaron Hass, The Aftermath and In the Shadow of the Holocaust ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Eva Hoffman was born in Cracow, Poland, and emigrated to America at the age of thirteen. The recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award and an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, she currently lives in London.

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