The Routledge International Handbook of Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Descendants of Holocaust Survivors offers a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge studies from a wide range of fields dealing with new research about descendants of Holocaust survivors. Examining the aftermath of the Holocaust on the Second Generation and Third Generation, children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, it is the first volume to bring together research perspectives from history, psychology, sociology, communications, literature, film, theater, art, music, biology, and medicine.

With contributions from international experts, key topics covered include survivor characteristics and experiences; the phenomenological experience of transmitted trauma legacies; the creation of Second Generation groups; the epigenetics of inherited trauma; the development of Second Generation writing; representation of Holocaust survivors in film; music and the transmission of memory; art, music, and the Holocaust; ancestral trauma and its effect on the ageing process of subsequent generations; 2G and 3G health issues and outcomes. Divided into two sections, the first deals with the humanities: history and testimony, literature, film and theater, art, and music. The second section, focusing on the social sciences and health-related sciences, contains chapters dealing with studies in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, gerontology, nursing, and medicine.

This insightful handbook is a contemporary anthology for advanced students and scholars in the humanities, along with those in behavioral, social, and health-related sciences concerned with research about second- and third-generation Holocaust survivors.

IntroductionJudith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz and Amit Shrira

Part I - Humanities

    1. Creating Second Generation Groups in the USA and Israel: A Four-decade Perspective – Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz
    2. The Metamorphosis of Second-Generation Writing: Just When I Thought I Was Out - A Case Study – Melvin Jules Bukiet
    3. Literary Works on the Second and Third Generation of Holocaust Survivors in Hungary – Presence or Absence? – Katalin Pécsi-Pollner
    4. Past Life: A Cantata for Holocaust Voices Past and Present – Phyllis Lassner
    5. Time Stands Still: Acting Out the Trauma in Second Generation Israeli Documentaries – Liat Steir Livny
    6. The Representation of Second Generation Holocaust Survivors in Certificate of Life - On and Off the Stage – Roy Horovitz
    7. Arbeit Macht Frei: Reality and Meaning in Second Generation Israeli Artists' Artworks – Batya Brutin
    8. The Role of Music in Shaping Holocaust Memory: An Intergenerational Process of Preservation and Transmission – Rachel Kollender
    9. Holocaust Remembrance: Music as a Therapeutic Tool That Mediates Between Holocaust Survivors and Their Offspring – Atarah Fisher

Part II - The Social Sciences and Health-Related Sciences

    1. Effects of the Holocaust on the Second Generation: A Preliminary Analysis of an Ongoing Survey –Samuel Juni
    2. Intergenerational Transmission in the Experiences of Aging Children of Holocaust Survivors During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the USA - Irit Felsen
    3. Past, Present, and Future Perspectives of Holocaust Trauma Transmission – Natan P.F. Kellermann
    4. Ethnographic Accounts of Israeli Holocaust Descendant Resilient-Vulnerability: Moral-Political Worldviews and the Emergence of Empowering Distress – Carol A. Kidron, Dan Kotliar, and Laurence J. Kirmayer
    5. A Digital Safe Haven: Six Functions of Social Media for Second Generation Holocaust Survivors – Motti Neiger and Miriam Neiger-Fleischmann
    6. Late Life Manifestations of Ancestral Trauma: The Case of Older Adult Offspring of Holocaust Survivors – Amit Shrira
    7. Specific Aspects in the Life and Care of the Offspring of Shoah Survivors in Germany - Andrea Zielke-Nadkarni
    8. Long-term Physical Health Outcomes in Child Holocaust Survivors and in Offspring of Holocaust Survivors – Lital Keinan Boker