Second generation in middle age : a study of the impact of growing up as children of Holocaust survivors ; and, My mother's shoes : a memoir / Shirley Russak Wachtel.
The dissertation contains two parts. In the research portion, I examine not only the post-traumatic syndrome of Holocaust survivors but also their middle-aged offspring. I interview several children of survivors who are now in a position to evaluate the influences of their parents on their own attitudes and the priorities in their lives. Although they are as unique as their parents, I conclude that there is a bond shared by the second generation. In assessing this bond, I have also come to a better understanding of myself. The second part, My Mother's Shoes, is a memoir which traces my mother's life from her early years in Poland prior to the Holocaust, her struggles during the war, her assimilation in American culture, until her affliction and death from Alzheimer's Disease. The memoir also reflects my relationship with her, told in chapters which alternate my mother's voice and my own. I describe my fears and feelings of alienation which I eventually discover to be related, for the most part, to the suffering my mother endured during and subsequent to her imprisonment in concentration camps. Ultimately, the memoir is a search for my identity as the child of a Holocaust survivor.
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