“The Holocaust and the Domestic”

As Holocaust survivors were liberated from concentration camps, prisons, and places of hiding—among other compromised milieus they were forced to inhabit from 1939–45—they brought the memories and the trauma of the Holocaust to the places they eventually came to call “home.” Bringing such emotional and psychological burdens with them, many survivors settled abroad—from Argentina to Canada and from the United States to Israel—and established families, rearing those who would later be called “second-generation” Holocaust survivors. These children of Holocaust survivors (and their children) have become the carriers and bearers of their parents’ memories and trauma that came to define the domestic experience of survivor households. This panel seeks to examine representations of living as, with, or in close proximity to Holocaust survivors in the context of the domestic. Paper ideas include, though are not limited to:

– The survivor’s search for home post-Shoah

– Homesickness and the Holocaust

– Family life after the Holocaust

– Growing up with survivors: second- and third-generation Holocaust literature

– The transmission of memory and trauma in the domestic

– Second- and third-generation “pilgrimages” to sites of memory in survivors’ home country

– Second- and third-generation oral history as literature

 

Please contact Luke Wilson (wilsonlf74@gmail.com) with inquiries.

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