Ripple effects : the impact of being the child of a Holocaust survivor on the professional lives of university faculty / by Heather N. Mc Fadden.
This dissertation investigated the impact of being the child of a Holocaust survivor on teaching in a university setting. A life history method was utilized. Participants were asked about their backgrounds, parents' survival stories, and how the Holocaust has carried forward into their adult lives and teaching. Multiple interviews with a time period between each allowed both the researcher and participants to reflect between interviews. Participants were not interviewed for more than four sessions with each interview lasting approximately one hour and thirty minutes.The Holocaust has continued to survive in the descendents of survivors. Each person, depending on the family's survival story, was impacted by parental experiences. Two participants had parents who were children at the time they escaped to a new homeland. One had a parent who survived by being hidden as a Christian girl after she had watched individuals die in the ghetto. The fourth participant had a mother and a father who survived in a different country and then returned to find their families eliminated and their homeland burned. For each participant, the level of what carried forward into their life and their teaching was impacted but in very different levels.Two participants whose parent's escaped as children, did not believe that parental experiences during the Holocaust had much of an impact on their teaching For the two individuals whose parents survived by hiding, their parent's stories have changed the way they experience the world. Their parent's experiences before, during, and after the War have impacted their teaching.
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