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Chapter 1: Introduction A) Who are child survivors? B) Child Survivors in Israel 1) The First Phase 1944-52 The Image of survivors Survivors' view of themselves 2) The Second Phase 1953-72 Public Memory Private Memory 3) The Third Phase 1973-9997 4) Survivor Testimony Today C) The Role of the Life Cycle and Life Stages in determining Survivors' Relationship to their Past. 1) The Post War period 2) Building and Rebuilding Lives 3) Aging Child Survivors D) Research Method E) Wider Implications E) The Four Groups Chapter 2: The Protagonists of my Study A) Finding my Participants and my Research Topic B) Introducing the Characters 1) Countries of Origin 2) The Nature of the Experience during the War In Hiding In Death Camps In Work/Labor Camps Fleeing with Parents Einstazgruppen C) Table of Protagonists Chapter 3: Hidden Child Survivors Who have Found their Voices A) Silence as a Tool for Survival During the War B) After the War: Secondary Silencing 1) Learned Silence 2) Age During the War- Too young to Remember? 3) The Pain of Remembering 4) The Hierarchy of Suffering 5) The Conspiracy of Silence 6) The Search for Belonging Eradicating difference Aliya to Israel: Building a new identity C) Lost Memories, Lost Voice D) As a Group Chapter 4: Finding their voices... A) Autobiographical Occasions to Telling 1) Identity Crisis 2) Aliya 3) Moments of Vulnerability and Tension 4) Reuniting with one's Rescuers 5) "Listening to my brother's story 6) Aging 7) Grandchildren: "Safta, were you in the Holocaust?" 8) Public Recognition 9) Survivor Groups: Finding an empathic Audience 10) Validation: "Your story is not nothing." 11) Self Validation: 'My story is something.' 12) "Because somebody asked." B) As a Group Chapter 5: Those who have always spoken A) Yosef "the Soldier" 1)The Centrality of Auschwitz in the narrative of the Shoah 2) Constructing a narrative of heroism 3) The post-war enironment 4) Rebuilding identity and a search for belonging 5) Distancing oneself from the trauma B) Menachem "the Witness" 1) The Talmud as a way of communicating and understanding the past C) As a Group Chapter 6: Resistant Speakers A) Moshe: "It's not interesting. What should I talk about?" 1) Hierarchy of Suffering 2) Being Discouraged to Speak B) David: "The more I try and think about it and try to reconstruct it, I find that generally, I was treated well." 1) The normalization of a traumatic reality 2) Normalizing continues in the post-war environment C) Michal: "I don't want validation, I want acceptance" 1) Children in Camps: The trauma of witnessing 2) Post war environment: subsequent traumatization 3) Having no credibility 4) Rejecting the survivor identity D) Yael: "I am a person like everyone else." 1) The Inability to retell 2) Finding an empathic audience E) As a Group Chapter 7: Retreat away from Speech A) Malka: "I am going to stop because I don't have any energy for it anymore". 1) Post-war silence 2) Too embarrassed to tell 3)Telling 4) Retreat away from speech B) Rachel: "I don't know what to say to people". 1) Post-war silence 2) Telling 3) Retreat away from speech C) As a Group Chapter 8: Reflections and Conclusions A) From freedom to victimization B) Confronting the free world C) The search for belonging D) Integration into Israeli society E) Professional identity F) Social action G) Secondary Silencing H) Reclaiming the Traumatic Past I) Integration of Identity? J) The limits of telling and knowing K) The space in the middle: child survivor groups L) Individual stories and collective memory Glossary Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Interviews.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Psychological aspects.
Holocaust survivors -- Israel -- Interviews.