God, Faith and Identity from the Ashes

by Menachem Z. Rosensaft

God, Faith and Identity from the Ashes
Publication date: 2014-12-31
Number of pages: 350
ISBN: 9781580238052

Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors

A powerful, life-affirming new perspective on the Holocaust—available to coincide with the seventieth anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of the Nazi death and concentration camps by Allied troops.

For the children and grandchildren of Holocaust (Shoah) survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution, the suffering and survival of their immediate ancestors and the annihilation of virtually their entire families have in large part shaped their perspectives on God, faith and Jewish identity. Their reflections on the memories transmitted to them and its effect on their lives will inform, challenge and inspire people of all faiths and backgrounds.

While the collective legacy of Holocaust survivors and refugees belongs to the entire Jewish people, as well as all humankind, on an individual level this extremely personal and often idiosyncratic legacy was transmitted first and foremost by the survivors to their own children and grandchildren. There is no one form of this legacy. Some survivors spoke about their experiences in the ghettos and camps; others enveloped themselves and their families in a cloud of silence, shrouding their past in an aura of mystery and secrecy. There have been many books and studies about children of survivors—the so-called Second and Third Generations—with a psycho-social focus. This book is different. It is intended to reflect what they believe, who they are and how that informs what they are doing with their lives.

There are over ninety contributors from a broad range of occupations and professions—from theologians, scholars and spiritual leaders to authors, artists, political and community leaders and media personalities—in sixteen countries on four continents. They represent the widest possible religious, political and ideological spectrum.

Despite the contributor’s diversity, common themes shine through. Intended for a popular audience of people of all faiths and backgrounds, these emotionally powerful, deeply moving statements will have a profound effect on the way our and future generations understand and shape their understanding of the Holocaust and their own personal identity in years to come.

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