Prescience and premonition as found in the Holocaust narratives / Joyce Conroy
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-198)
Holocaust anthologies and memoirs are evaluated for unexplained episodes of premonition and prescience. The first chapter is devoted to the historical and current meaning of the two terms. The second chapter seeks to evaluate the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress as it relates to survivor memory. Several chapters look at the effects of evil on Jewish families and on the survivors, both in the ghetto and concentration camp and the issue of hunger in both places. Several well known Holocaust authors are examined both male and female, and their episodes of premonition are compared. Those authors include Elie Wiesel, Aharon Appelfeld, Joseph Bau, Trudi Birger, and Livia Bitten Jackson. Numerous anthologies, including those written immediately after the war ended and ones after the year 2000, are analyzed to determine if the writers wrote of knew of unexplained mysteries that saved lives. The categories include dream forewarnings, children's episodes of prescience, and parental premonitions for children. The dissertation closes with the writer's conclusion as well as a personal story of a Holocaust survivor.
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